Dorothy Burton is President of Christians In Public Service. The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed belong solely to the author. They are not and do not necessarily reflect the opinion(s) or position(s) of the organization, board of directors, and/or any other individual(s) or entity (ies) affiliated or unaffiliated with Christians In Public Service, Inc. | dburton@cipsinc.org


 

My Prayer As We Head To The Polls
Tuesday, November 8, 2022 9:48 AM

My Prayer As We Head To The Polls

Tuesday, November 8, 2022 9:48 AM
Tuesday, November 8, 2022 9:48 AM


Father God you are the God of all creation. You have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and your outstretched arm. And America, like all nations is like merely a drop from a bucket to you. There is no authority except from you and government exists because you established it. Yet, we have gone our own way and continue to look not to you but to our political party, people and programs to do only what you can do – and that is to show us the path to wisdom, righteousness and true governance.

Even though many of us who claim Jesus as Lord and Savior know you as God, we continue to fail to honor you as God choosing instead to honor more our allegiance to a party platform or person. And in our futile pursuit of acceptance by the world, our hearts continue to grow darker, our wisdom weaker and our light dimmer. Professing to be wise we have become fools.

Forgive us for choosing wrong over right and  for allowing ourselves to be wooed by the world and its ways. In all of our ways and when casting our vote, give us discernment. May we not be swayed by the popularity of any candidate, but by their fruit. Jesus told us to beware of false prophets who come to us in sheep’s clothing who inwardly are ravenous wolves. Give your people dear God this day discernment. Let us not be carried away by empty rhetoric, slick advertisements and false promises… but let us instead be persuaded by each man and woman’s fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good. Help us to stop long enough to examine their fruit.

You have made us salt and light. Forgive us for where we have chosen to blend in with the world rather than bring flavor to it and have chosen to hide our light rather than shine for you. Our country and communities are decaying and we are in desperate need of men and women who are unafraid and unashamed to stand out and stand up for you. Thank you for such whom you have called to serve and may you show them today great favor. Strengthen and protect them and as fellow brothers and sisters, may we have the courage to support them – even if it means leaving behind party loyalty. Our loyalty should belong to you and those whom you have called.

Help us Father for without you we are lost. To the only wise God, give victory to your people today and above all, may you be glorified. In the name that is above every name – in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ we pray.  Amen.

Talk At, Talk Back, Talk About. What Happened to the Humane, Sane Art of Talking With?
Wednesday, September 28, 2022 10:37 AM

Talk At, Talk Back, Talk About. What Happened to the Humane, Sane Art of Talking With?

Wednesday, September 28, 2022 10:37 AM
Wednesday, September 28, 2022 10:37 AM

I majored in Mass Communications/Journalism as an undergraduate and the number one thing we learned about the art of communication, was to make sure the message was clear, accurate, and sent in a way that could not only be understood but received.

We are living in a new era of social media, digital communication, TikTok, Instagram, and Facebook. Cell phones have become personal video cameras in every hand with so many hands looking to make or turn a buck at the expense of another.

Adults really did use to be the adults in the room. But now, given the opportunity to star in their own video, many are turning their cell phones into weapons of mass destruction to grow followers, boost notoriety regardless of the damage to others, and become social media stars and influencers.

School board meetings have turned into torture chambers for many trustees with some of their own colleagues acting as master torturers. There was a local school board meeting recently that turned into an absolute zoo because the board president made one of his colleagues an item on the agenda to be used as target practice by those with a private beef; and, by those in the audience who were spoiling for a fight based upon what they had heard to be true.

The trustee aptly and publicly called it a "witch hunt." Only the president of the board could confirm or deny it since he never bothered to do what true leaders do -  communicate the problem to the one perceived to be the source of the problem and talk it out as leaders. This is how mature adults and certainly those in leadership should roll.

The examples many are setting who are in positions of leadership, are damaging and will cause damage that will exceed their terms of service. Many points to be made appear to be no points at all to be made other than "I have the power and what I say or don't say goes. And I can humiliate, denigrate and disrespect you if I want." And they will have their cheering sections there to cheer them on.

No matter the collateral damage to the governing body, the community served, or others watching. Working relationships should be built on foundations of professional courtesy and trust shared among colleagues to not denigrate or with intentionality tear down, destroy, or demean.

Communication is key to any relationship and certainly key to how well or how poorly colleagues can work together for the betterment of the communities they represent. Common courtesy should be modeled and practiced by the one sitting in the big chair whether that be the mayor or school board president.

The ability to lead well is directly tied to the ability to communicate well even with those with whom one may personally dislike. Likes and dislikes are the ruling factors in many school board chambers and city council chambers and vendettas set many agendas.

Many have said the "fight" is now at the local level. What fight? Whose fight? As leaders the fight should not be against one another or parents or teachers or citizens, but rather the fight should be for the betterment of the community.

In order to have healthy communities, whether that be work communities or communities within cities or school districts there must first be respect. Not admiration, but respect. It doesn't matter if one is not liked by the president or mayor or other colleagues. The very fact that that person is sitting as an elected representative means that their constituency liked them enough to elect them. And it is up to the leader of the board or council to respect them.

Elected leadership isn't a matter of who loves whom, it is a matter of who wins or loses. And it is up to the adults in the room, particularly the leader to ensure that all members of the board or council are treated with respect, with the leader doing what a leader is supposed to do -- taking the lead by showing the way.

We need to learn how to talk with one another again and not at or about one another. Especially to publicly ridicule or destroy. Bad behavior filters down but good leadership spreads throughout. Communication is key. No one likes to be ridiculed, talked down to, or disrespected. And with so many now in leadership and vying to lead, trying to either protect their turf or make a name for themself, it is going to take extraordinary leaders with extraordinary maturity and communications skills to right the ship.

So many ships are sinking; or, are on choppy waters. Schools board ships, city council ships, America's ship. What will it take? It will take leaders with the fortitude and foresight to understand that every one of their colleagues, whether they like them or not is their equal. That they too have been elected and while issues may be miles apart, it is incumbent upon the leader to find the right vehicle to traverse the proverbial miles across the divide.

And it begins with a simple conversation. Not talking around, at, or about, but with. Social media makes it easier today to dismiss and dislike others simply by what they post or what is posted about them. True leaders have the ability and will to look beyond all of that and will do as Abraham Lincoln once did.

Someone once rubbed Mr. Lincoln the wrong way and he said, "I don't like that man, I must get to know him better." That should be the attitude of every leader in this new and divisive era. 

Leaders lead. They also lead the way by showing the way to others. Even those they don't like. Get to know them better and it begins with communication. 

 

Jesus Didn't Force-feed Religion. Be Like Jesus.
Tuesday, September 13, 2022 1:16 PM

Jesus Didn't Force-feed Religion. Be Like Jesus.

Tuesday, September 13, 2022 1:16 PM
Tuesday, September 13, 2022 1:16 PM
Photo: Houston Chronicle (Yellow Rose of Texas Republican Women)
 
 
A government ruled by religion is deadly. We need to look no further than the Taliban. Forced to live by religious rules and religious traditions. It is sad to say but we are seeing glimpses of this today in American politics.
 
The religious right if they were to have their way would have us all living not under Sharia Law, which they decry, but the "Christian" version of the same.

This school year, many public school teachers, administrators, and parents were caught off guard by a law that slipped into law last year under the radar (Senate Bill 797) which requires public schools to display in a "conspicuous place in each building," a framed or poster copy of the national motto, "In God We Trust" if donated.

It didn't take long for those donations to roll into targeted school districts in Texas. It also did not take long for groups to push back.
 
It appears that at least one school district (Carroll ISD) neither appreciated nor wanted the same posters offered by a parent at a public school board meeting that had the motto printed as prescribed by law -- but one sign was written in Arabic and a second in rainbow colors.
 
The posters were rejected by the school board president on the basis that they already had accepted posters and the law limits the number a school district could accept. Except, it doesn't.
 
As a Christ follower, all of this - the postering, the deception, the misuse of religion to make political points is nauseating. Jesus never did anything close to this which further proves to me that it's not about Jesus or discipleship or the Great Commission. Not evangelism in love, but control by force of law.
 
It is spiking the ball in the name of Christianity and it is cringe-worthy.

Southlake parent Sravan Krishna attempted to donate "In God We Trust" posters during an Aug. 29, 2022, school board meeting. Carroll Independent School District via TNS
 
No human religion is infallible and every religion is fallible, subjective, and overbearing. Jesus eschewed religion and the religious leaders of his day. He said new wine can't be poured into old wineskins as the skins will break and the wine will spill.
 
The rigidity of legalistic religion was onerous then. Twenty centuries later it is no less the same. A new commandment he brought to old rigid religious practices wherein some were of the elect and others not. Love one another, Jesus said, as I have loved you.
 
I would venture to say that many religious people and leaders, even among the most prominent, don't know the meaning of love. They love their rules, regulations, and legalism and love enforcing them on others.
 
This is what we're seeing with dominionists, the alt-religious right, and those seeking to impose their rigid and selective religiosity on Americans.
 
The founders well understood the danger of the imposition of religion in and on government.
 
When Thomas Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence the overriding concept was that government would derive its powers from the consent of the governed. Not through the imposition of the church, religion, or by some divine right to rule.
 
A major part of the chaos in American government today is that the religious right is, on one hand touting the Constitution and freedom, while on the other trying to heavy-handily browbeat the country into submission to their warped version of Christianity.
 
Sadly, many Christian leaders have jumped on this bandwagon, if not leading the parade.
 
The separation of church and state means what it means yet at the same time public servants can't leave their beliefs at the door before entering the halls of government. Our beliefs and ideologies are part and parcel of who we all are.
 
Even atheists and agnostics govern out of their ideology. But government ruled by religion is dangerous. Government influenced by biblical principles is what we, as followers of Christ should be angling for.
 
Principles, not power. The power is in the principles! But instead, we have an emerging and have emerged, religion. Religion forces power on people. Principles empower people.
 
Jesus told us to be wise as serpents but harmless as doves; to be like yeast that when added to dough quietly, but effectively changes the DNA of the whole loaf. He never taught to use the sledgehammer of dominionism to subdue and dominate culture. I'm sorry, he just didn't. It's not me saying it, but Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
 
The religious right will never prevail. It can't if America is to hold to what it was founded to be.

No man's religion is infallible and every man's religion is fallible, subjective, and overbearing.

People will and with even more hostility, refuse to be ruled by religion. And well they and we all should. Religion is subjective and selective. And depending upon whose doing the selecting if one is counted to be "worthy."
 
We're seeing that with the rise of Christian nationalism and evangelicalism that is more about winning the next election than winning souls for the Kingdom.
 
Jesus counted us all worthy for which to die.  Worthy to reconcile us to the Father -- and it had nothing to do with politics but everything to do with the Kingdom, life eternal, and pure love.
 
Many of us are not confused nor will we compromise truth for the sake of political expediency or acceptance. We're not that organization.
 
Christian in our name means Christlike in how we think, function, and operate, with loving our neighbor as ourselves top of mind. Not the next election, voting guides, or "taking back America." I always wondered what or where the right and the religious want to take America back to.
 
Back to colonialism? The good ol' head 'em up, move 'em out days of cattle drives and shoot-outs at the Ok Corral? Back to slavery? Take America back to where? To what? And excuse some of us if we don't share that sentiment. Doesn't make us any less American, just wiser, more alert, or as the mockers love to mock, "woke."
 
If we want to take back anything, it would be what has been stolen by the religious --- the true meaning, mission, and understanding of our faith that leads to the only thing that saves us --- a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as we seek to impact our communities and cities in the most positive and winsome of ways.
 
The Psalmist tells us very clearly in Psalm 127:1, "Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain." Same for a nation and school systems.
 
Religion won't change a thing. It only leads to more angst, deeper divisions, and taller silos. Browbeating people over the head with religion only builds resentment. There is a better way. A truer way. God's way. 
 
Only His way, not the religious way, can truly "save America."
 
 
The Danger and Deception of Dominionism
Saturday, September 10, 2022 4:13 PM

The Danger and Deception of Dominionism

Saturday, September 10, 2022 4:13 PM
Saturday, September 10, 2022 4:13 PM
There is an insidious and dangerous wind blowing across the American political and Christian landscapes. Dominionism. While dominionism is not new and has been around for decades, it previously was on the fringes of the religious right.
 
Today, not only is it not on the fringes but front and center mainstream of many evangelical churches; and, as the other side of the same coin of Christian nationalism, a key plank in the platform of the new Republican Party as it reinvents itself as a Christian nationalist party. Abraham Lincoln would rise and die all over again at the thought!
 
People should be aware of the many and growing number of dominionist preachers, pastors, and Christians teaching Seven Mountain Dominionism "Theology."
 
My theological philosophy was shaped early on as a conservative Calvinist (a true "TULIP"), and I once taught the doctrine of dominionism.
 
Thankfully the more I studied it, heard it and taught it, and saw the absolute cultist tendencies and inability to substantively substantiate it in scripture, I realized that this is a gross and erroneous misinterpretation and misapplication of Genesis 1:28 - "Then God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth." - NKJV as well as a blatant misunderstanding of Isaiah 2:2-3.
 
We are to be caretakers and stewards of creation, not dominate and control every system under which every living thing moves and lives - including and especially humans.
 
God never intended for us to "dominate" any living creature, especially humans created in his very image. 
 
Domination is satanic. Jesus would later teach his disciples against "lording" authority over others as was the custom of the politicians and religious leaders of his day.
 
"Jesus called them together and said, 'You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them." - Matthew 20:25
 
Texas is certainly in the Bible belt and there are many pastors, preachers, and non-profit faith leaders right here in the Dallas area where I live.
 
Some of the pastors are very well-known, influential leaders of national/international ministries, mega-churches with mega-budgets that afford them air time, and social media platforms with millions of followers and subscribers.
 
 
I realized that this is a gross and erroneous misinterpretation and misapplication of Genesis 1:28 - "Then God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth." - NKJV
 
This means their reach is far, wide, and deep. And though some believe this is a white evangelical phenomenon, don't get hung up there because it's not the whole picture. Some of these leaders are not all white and male but are no less influential. Though certainly, dominionism has its genesis there.
 
It is not totally about race though with the proliferation of white Christian nationalism and the rise of the far right, it certainly has a racial undertone.
 
But make no mistake, there are prominent black, well-regarded, well-educated pastors preaching the same. Race is secondary to the doctrine of Christian domination of every aspect of culture, the concomitant ideology, and the flawed theology that comprise the framework.
 
It is about total holy domination by Christians of every aspect of American society. This in a nutshell is it.
 
Pastors and leaders, some of whom I have known for years - even sat under their teaching, and once respected are now caught up in the America First, Christian nationalism, and dominionism agenda. I no longer respect them because they are misleading people who are unaware and who trust them.
 
Dominionism as it is spreading like a blanket across the country is not biblical. Dominionism is not scriptural. It is a gross and dangerous misinterpretation of scripture. God never intended for Christians to "dominate" culture and certainly not "impose" Christianity, as the Taliban does radical Islam, on people. 
 
The Great Commission of Jesus was to go and "make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I (not dominionists) have commanded you.... " - Matthew 28:19-20.
 
Jesus never, ever said for his followers to dominate "mountains of culture to hasten my return," nor to make prisoners of those he died to set free. The greatest flaw. The second is close to it --  I cannot imagine how so-called freedom-loving "patriots" could parrot such a suffocating doctrine that perpetuates anything but freedom!
 
Supposedly God gave the same "seven mountain dream" to two influential and prominent white evangelical men; Loren Cunningham, and Bill Bright, and a third, Frances Schaeffer would say he got the same revelation around the same time too.
 
They said God "ordered them to invade the seven spheres of society." Maybe they ate too late and had a nightmare - because this to many, including me, would be a nightmare if dominionists ever got their way. 
 
It would be the western version and likely not as harsh, but equally oppressive as radical Islam. Religious systems, no matter the custom, if left to their own invariably will oppress, dominate and dictate.
 
I and those who look like me can only guess that God wasn't into revealing the same to any black or brown preachers as none came forth to proclaim they too "had a seven mountain dream experience!"
 
And since churches back in the 1970s, supposedly when God gave the dream to these three evangelical men, were solidly segregated, this gave even more credence to the erroneous more spiritual license for white Christianity domination.
 
Since God didn't bother to reveal this to anyone but three white preachers I guess God didn't want the rest of us to know we are supposed to be "dominating" too! I digress. But are you beginning to see how preposterous all this is? 
 
"Jesus called them together and said, 'You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them." - Matthew 20:25
 
But supposedly "the dream" was a mission for Christians to dominate the supposed seven "mountains" of society, that God revealed. That would also hasten the second coming of Jesus Christ. The "mountains" are the Church, Education, Family, Business, Media, Government, and Arts/Entertainment.
 
This is why they are trying to wrest away education from the public arena. And public school systems are in serious jeopardy of being taken down by this fanatical religious heretical movement.
 
The leaders now, thanks to a recent ruling by the Supreme Court, and a growing number of dominionist/Christian nationalist legislatures, have the long sought-after clearance to redirect public money away from public school systems and give it to parents as "parental choice" (same as the old voucher concept).
 
Badly needed funds from the state, instead of being dispersed to school districts, can be redirected to parents so that they would have "the choice" of allowing their child (children) to continue in public school systems or take the money and run to private religious and/or home schools.
 
State legislatures will give them a boost and cover. It's already number one on the list in Texas and other states when it comes to public schools. These people want to abolish public schools! I hope you hear me.
 
They believe America is a "Christian nation" and they are on a roll. While you may not have children in public schools, you have grandchildren, relatives or neighbors or friends, or church members who are teachers or administrators, staff, serving on a school board, etc.
 
 
I love God. I do. I spent four grueling years of my life, studying and graduating from one of the most conservative evangelical seminaries in the country. So I am not bashing anybody but trying to inform anybody who will listen!
 
I know them. I know what the agenda is. And I am speaking out against this dangerous movement which is a threat to democracy and representative government. No exaggeration or hyperbole.
 
As much as I love God I do not want to live under a repressive theocracy. No freedom-loving, liberty-loving American does. But it is exactly those who say they are patriots, freedom-loving, liberty-loving American Christians who apparently do and want to drag the rest of us along.
 
I refuse to go. I don't trust the theocrats, bureaucrats, and preachers with that much power.
 
Power is one helluva thing. And a theocracy, no matter the religion is suffocating. Whether the religion is radical Islam or radical Christianity. Any man-made religious system that dictates and controls invariably will become oppressive and overbearing.
 
Think about it. Do you want these people to rule and overrule every area of your life, culture, and American society? I don't.
 
While many are asleep at the wheel and NOT VOTING, the rug is being pulled right from under you.
 
 
And the heretical misinterpretation of Genesis 1:28, Isaiah 2:2-3, and Revelation 17:9 to justify now dovetailing into hard-right Christian nationalism preached by pastors and preachers of influence is subtlety deceiving.
 
If your pastor is teaching this, run don't walk to the nearest exit and find a solid Bible-teaching church.
 
The deception is deep. The deception is real. And sadly some who are teaching this don't even realize they have been duped and deceived by the Adversary.
 
No created being knows scripture better and how best to manipulate it to exact the most damage than Satan.
 
But he must first blind the eyes and deceive the mind and heart of those who lead others.
 
Sadly, even more frightening, the many pastors and preachers, and politicians are in the same echo chamber.
 
If you're in the chamber ... GET OUT!
 
PHOTO CREDIT: "GET OUT" THE MOVIE | 2017 | DIRECTED BY JORDAN PEELE
The Wagon Ride to Nowhere
Thursday, August 25, 2022 9:23 AM

The Wagon Ride to Nowhere

Thursday, August 25, 2022 9:23 AM
Thursday, August 25, 2022 9:23 AM
 
Progressive Christianity and those on the left would rather nullify, redefine, or even deny many tenets of scripture. 
 
Regressive Christianity and those on the right would rather re-create the Old and New Testament into their new testaments of militarized Christian nationalism.

Though not called the progressive left or religious right in Jesus's day, they no less were present. Different names, same philosophies.

There is nothing new under the sun. If there had been no reprehensible human acts and behaviors in the eyes of God, He never would have dictated to Moses on Mount Sinai, nor to the prophets, His laws against such. 
 
If there were nothing more than what could be seen and every act and invention that humans could conceive were all there is, God never would have made so clear, prophetic visions to humans from Abram who searched for a city not made by man to John on the Isle of Patmos to whom he revealed what is to come. 

If all were cool and people were cool to do their own thing with their "own bodies" that we really do not own but merely by God's design and grace, occupy only for a set time - then we would become our god. Many have. 
 
Every body is designed by God for a length of pre-set years, that he alone pre-set. A time of expiration that only He knows. We were created by God for God for his purposes. Otherwise, there never would have been a need for God to create in his image both male and female, and decree and delineate what we each are to do with the temporary bodies into which he poured our eternal spirit.
 
This just sent the temperature of someone reading this through the roof. I understand. I get it. None of us from the first century to the twenty-first century have always seen eye-to-eye with this Creator God, having the will and mind to go our own way. He knows this.
 
Yet, He chose in his infinite wisdom, to create humans this way. We have the very mind of God. All other created beings live on instinct. No bird has to be taught to fly or fish to swim. Not so for humans. We can create apparatuses in which to fly like birds, dive, and swim underneath the ocean as fish. No bird or fish could do the same.
 
Not so for humans created in the very image of the Creator who gave us the capacity to not only re-create, but to create. And, he gave us the capacity to choose what we do with our loaned body. The caveat being while we get to choose what we do, we don't get to choose what He will do as a result. We don't get to choose the consequences of our choices. All is fair in love and war. Except God, in the end, gets to determine what's "fair."
 
The LORD foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the peoples. But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations. Psalm 33:10-11

If it were cool for moneychangers to do business in the church and make the church into a business from which to conduct business and make money, Jesus never would have thrown out those who had turned the house of prayer into a house of commerce. We have many such houses today. There is nothing new under the sun.

If Jesus did not know that humans could love and hate, he never would have made love, grace, and forgiveness the cornerstone of his Kingdom teaching and would not have left us with the commandment to love others as we love ourselves.

Of the left and the right, there is another way. The better way. God's way. And that way leads neither down the road of the progressive left nor down the road of the religious right. But the road up to the Kingdom. And make no mistake, it is steep. It is narrow. But with eternal and "right now" implications.

It is the road we all who name the name of Jesus Christ are obligated to walk, teach and model. The road of justice and righteousness. Peace and love. Giving and receiving. Grace and mercy. The entirety of his word, not the narrowness of what it has been distilled down to - sex, sexual identity, militarized, force-fed religion, and nationalism.
 
Yet, these are the wagons to which many of us, as well as teachers, preachers, and media talking heads, have hitched a ride. Many have claimed their seat. But the wheels are coming off the wagons.
 
One wagon is heavily weighted with sets of broadly interpreted rules and self-prescribed meaning of scripture. The wagon masters (i.e., activists, politicians, and progressives) browbeating those into shame or submission who don't share their views.
 
Common among them redefining much of what God has so clearly defined. Ignoring the most important - that He alone created the heavens and the earth and all that dwells within the same. Since he created them and us, he alone gets to define them and us and every living thing within the creations He alone created.
 
On the other wagon, heavily weighed down by sets of narrowly interpreted rules and self-prescribed meaning of scripture through the lenses of self-righteousness, prejudice, and piety. The wagon masters (i.e., preachers, politicians, and nationalists) demonizing those who don't share their narrow, misguided views.
 
Common among them redefining much of what God has defined. Ignoring the most important commandment - to love others as they love themselves. To provide for and protect the poor and the immigrant and the most vulnerable - doing unto others as they would have them do unto them. Ignoring the very tenants of the scripture and faith to which they, as self-prescribed keepers of the same, have laid claim. Absent peace, love, grace, and forgiveness. Such is not evident among them.
 
As for me? The weight of the left and the burden of the right is too much for me. Too much for any of us who truly want to know this Creator God and live the life, He gave us, for the time he set for us, in the way He purposed for us.
 
I had long claimed my seat on the wagon on the right. The above once described me. But the weight became too great. I want to know God. Know the spirit of God. The intent of His word and the essence of His truth. Such it should be for us all. We should yearn to know truth. His truth. And live truth no matter the consequences.
 
When we dare to jump off the wagons leading to nowhere, whatever we lose or leave behind or the wagon masters take from us, God will surely give back to us and more!
 
The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? The LORD is with me; he is my helper. I look in triumph on my enemies. It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in humans. Psalm 118:6-8
 
I chose to get from underneath the burden. Get off the rattling wagon leading to nowhere.
 
I want His view to be my view, not the other way around. This should be the quest of us all who claim Jesus as Lord, not following the whims of the left or the right. Each of their wagons is full of stuff God never meant for any of us to carry.

There has to be an alternative. Jesus gave his life for it. People are confused. The church is weakened and far too many have decided to go along for the ride. But Jesus's command was to "go," not ride! Who will go for him? Will you be the one in your office to truly stand for truth? For what is right by people? All people? For others who aren't positioned and blessed as you, on whose behalf you are to speak? On your council? On your school board? On your county board or commission? People are desperate for a life-giving alternative. And America desperately needs it.
 
To which wagon have you become hitched? I'm not the one to make grave and ominous pleas. But I am the one to tell you what I have learned. The distance is far, the journey is perilous and neither wagon can get us there. 
 

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