for in its welfare, you will find your welfare… Jeremiah 29:7

My Pondering

This is all about the Golden Rule and that givers gain. Daniel was a great example of this principle. Joseph and Queen Esther too. Flourish where you are planted. Let your good works be evident in the midst of chaos.

Here is a distinct passage where we this in action.

3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. 5For just as the sufferings of Christ overflow to us, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.

2nd Corinthians 1:3-5

We receive comfort to provide comfort.

Unfortunately fortunately we also receive sufferings for the same reason. It is a true dichotomy.

If you notice, God doesn’t spare from all troubles, but be encouraged as He both helps us through them and most definently uses them like no other (Romans 8:28 – if you don’t know it by heart, look it up).

Freedom according to A. Lincoln

My Pondering

This is truly a great statement.

Lincoln struggled with the timing to emancipate the negro slaves for a long while. It was a precarious situation as we were in a great war and he needed all the support he could muster to win. He was deeply concerned if the Union emancipated the slaves, the border states would defect to the Confederate side. So he was stuck between the stallworth northern abolitionist, border states and the other non-war mentalist. What a trying predicament.

Lincoln was desperately needed a victory so that he could do what was on his heart. Actually what the war was really about; emancipation! So after the Union got a victory in Gettysburg, Lincoln made his historic Emancipation Proclamation. And from that point on, the Union began to win. God was indeed on the side of FREEDOM.

Protection

Of the things I don’t mind paying taxes, which are essential to a prosperous society, include military protection and law enforcement. Protection is the governments core function whether from invading countries, illegal border crossings or disregard for the law of the land. All too common of late is ‘catch and release’ or ‘look the other way’ where as our current leaders regularly ignore or actually administrate these behaviors is unacceptable.

American Heritage – January 22nd – Our firm foundation as a country – Noah Webster

My Pondering

Unfortunately, way too many are taking their civil liberty 🗽 to attack the institutions which made it all possible. It prompts me to think of a couple tried and true sayings to those who are displeased with our society.

1 “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater”

Sure, there are imperfections and issues within our government, society, culture, etc and its a noble thing to expect improvement but its not to abandon or attack it core constructs.

2 “Before you tear down a fence, know well why it was built in the first place.”

We have enemies within our country. That’s an inherent flaw in a (semi) free place. Thankfully our founders were well acquainted with strife, heavy handed government and so forth. Bigger often doesn’t mean better, often it’s worse. So let’s be weary of giving too much power to the Feds.Let’s keep State and Local power and money.