Breathing Freedom

Election night I filled my lungs with a deep breath and then exhaled for what felt like the first time in 6 long years. God does answer prayer and millions of us have been praying. Americans aren’t stupid, aren’t depraved, aren’t mindlessly dependent, and when face-to-face with tyranny, we know how to fight back.  

Now, no doubt Obama will do some dastardly things out of retaliation – corner a rat and he’ll bite. We know that. But we’re grown-ups and we can handle tantrums.

We can ignore this man from now on, but he and his progressive agenda have done much damage to this country and all that must be undone, in fact, some of the last 100 years needs undoing, or we’ll be right back in this mess as soon as the nasty Obama taste is out of our mouths. But how do we do that?

We move from attack mode to teaching mode. This whole mess has been brought about through dys-education, through the resultant warping of our national worldview, through the church and its willingness to sell out to the lowest common cultural denominators, and through the mistaken idea that the press’s job is to build on the Marxist - progressive blueprint. Anti-capitalist nonsense has to be repudiated, moral responsibility and general integrity must be re-instituted as our national backbone, and respect for our history, and for the central part God played in our beginnings, needs to be reintroduced. We have to get over the self-indulgence of guilt.

I intend to study and learn and then to hammer away with my own limited abilities to speak truth whenever possible, and I invite all of you to do so as well. Let us saturate the national bandwidth with healthy thinking.

I see several areas that need addressing:

We need first and foremost to get back to our Christian heritage and scientifically speaking, right now is such a good time to do that. The force that has eaten away at our Christian roots – Darwinian evolution – is crumbling to dust. Microbiology has pulled the foundation out from under it, and little by little, Intelligent Design thinking is winning converts because of the sheer weight of the evidence. If matter and life are obviously the result of a super-intelligence, then we can go back to the Biblical accounts with a fresh look, and with fresh respect. I will be writing about ID and about the effects that understanding will have on our worldview. Allow me to suggest some excellent reading on this subject:
o    The Devil’s Delusion by David Berlinski
o    The Ethical Brain -- Michael Gazzeninga
o    Darwin’s Black Box – Michael Behe
o    Darwin’s Doubt and Signature in the Cell by Stephen Meyer
o    Icons of Evolution by Jonathan Wells
o    A Meaningful World by Benjamin Wiker and Jonathan Witt

 I’ll also be writing about the problems I see in the modern church. Our national ignorance re the Bible is frightening. The Bible is the users’ manual for the human body, soul, and spirit, and for the health of nations, and we tend to bungle things up pretty badly when we get uppity and refuse to read those instructions. This idea that the biblical concept of charity and giving and being our brothers’ keeper is best addressed by governmentally stealing from the wealthy, spreading the money throughout a gargantuan bureaucracy, and then passing what little is left on to the poor has got to be debunked. I’ll be writing about that and about the benefits of absorbing a biblical economic viewpoint. Works I’ve found helpful here are:
o    The Bible  -- of course
o    The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel
o    Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
o    Jesus, Among other Gods by Ravi Zacharias
o    Basic Economics by Thomas Sowell
o    The Road to Serfdom by F.A. Hayek

 I’ll be writing about education, what’s wrong with what we’re doing now, and ways it might be corrected. Common Core, of course has to go, but so do a lot of erroneous assumptions we’ve been operating under for decades. For instance, how we ever bought the idea that education could be politically and religiously neutral is beyond me. You can’t teach kids for 12 years in a God-free environment and accomplish anything other than to convince them that God isn’t. The more our children are separated from God, the more trouble they get into, the less interested they are in learning, the less motivated they are to do something with their lives. We’ve robbed them of purpose. I’ll be drawing on over 30 years of teaching, and I’m going to look into these books:
o    The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education by Diane Ravitch
o    The End of Education: Redefining the Value of School by Neil Postman

And we must really begin educating ourselves on the true history of our nation, as opposed to what’s passed for history in our hyper-liberal school systems and universities. We have several generations who suffer from the misapprehension that this nation is and always has been the cause of most of the world’s problems. This guilt-producing, narcissistic view is totally de-bunkable and we need to get started doing so. I just bought D’Souza’s latest video, America, Where would the World be Without Her? (It’s well worth the time it takes to watch.) And I’ll be referring back to books like:
o    The Five-Thousand-Year Leap by W. Cleon Skousen
o    The Liberty Amendments by Mark Levin
o    Original Intent by David Barton

Of course there’s lots more to read and think about than what I’ve listed here, but we can’t let that overwhelm us. Every little thing we learn is a step forward, every fresh idea that breaks through our brains is progress – the real kind, not the bilge the “Progressives” have been promoting.

I’m nobody. Who are you? Are you nobody, too? Over 150 years have passed since Emily Dickinson wrote those lines, yet every time I sit down to write, I hear her voice in my head. I’m nobody. What right do I have writing about the state of our nation, about the downfall of American culture, about theology?

I have that legal right because I’m an American citizen. I have the ethical right because I have a solid education and I do my homework, and because 21st century technology allows me access to information everywhere, even though I’m tucked away in the mountains of Southern Oregon. In fact, I not only have the right to speak truth as I see it, I have the responsibility.  True, mine is only one extremely tiny voice, but if just 10% of us learned what we need to know and then started talking, writing, making movies, writing songs, we can heal this country.

The left can call us whatever mean-spirited names they wish. They can pit us against each other all they want. But this is America. Next to Jesus Christ this country is the best thing that has ever happened to this world. Let’s get her back on her feet, ready to step into a future that will allow our grandchildren to breathe freedom and all the prosperity that goes with it.