We recently honored Veterans Day in the United States, which is also known to be Armistice Day and Remembrance Day in other nations.  As a brief history, the purpose is to commemorate the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany for the ending of hostilities on the Western Front, which took effect at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918.  On November 11, 1919 Woodrow Wilson declared:  “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.”  A Congressional Act approved on May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday:  “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day’.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdYxXbA4Prc   (Battle Hymn of the Republic by Lee Greenwood)

Unfortunately, within that same time frame dedicated to peace, citizens from several States were signing a petition to secede from America because of the re-election of President Barack Obama.  What is even more insulting to this Country and a major blow to the President is that the majority of the States wishing to secede are those original confederate States who fought to keep slavery.  In my previous blog entry, I suggested to get involved in community and change the way you want this world to be, however, after reading about the secession request, I probably should have been more specific.  In 1799, Patrick Henry declared, “Let us trust God, and our better judgment to set us right hereafter. United we stand, divided we fall. Let us not split into factions which must destroy that union upon which our existence hangs.”  In 1768, John Dickinson had a revolutionary war song called, “The Liberty Song,” that contained these lyrics: “Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all! By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall!”  In Mark 3:25 Jesus Christ proclaims that: “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”  Mark Driscoll had an interesting message with this 4 minute clip:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctQOmzsvisQ

The problem is that too many people have been brought up by, live by, and raise their kids by the post-modern thought process of if you do not like something, have something else.  Do whatever makes you happy, always have high self-esteem.  Well, just look at what is happening around you as a result.  Oh, sorry, I forgot, another factor of post-modernism is to only focus on yourself and make sure you succeed in this world no matter what.  I am one of the fortunate few that was raised in the late 80’s and early 90’s and if I did not like what was on my plate, then I would not have anything at all, end of story.  God forbid parents do that in this day and age, Child Services would be knocking on the door within the hour demanding the child gets a happy meal.  Yes, there are a lot of problems in this Country.  The answer is not separation, the answer is not found in government, the answer is not found in politics, the answer is you.  What do you believe in?  Who do you believe in?  We read in John 14:1-6, “Do not let your hearts be troubled.  You believe in God; believe also in me.  My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.  You know the way to the place where I am going.”  Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”  Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4uZn5gLIY8&list=PL08C83C49FDC16EAE&index=85&feature=plpp_video   (Remember Me by Mark Shultz)

“Watch your thoughts, for they become words.  Watch your words, for they become actions.  Watch your actions, for they become habits.  Watch your habits, for they become character.  Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”  For further clarification, your destiny plays a part in your family, your family plays a part in your community, your community plays a part in your government, and your government has control of the policies and laws of this Country, the policies and laws of this Country have effects on the entire world!

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