On Patriotism, Politics, and Being a Christian

It’s Thursday, October 28.  The mid-term elections are just five days away.  Much of the country waits anxiously to see who will be victorious.  Much of the country could care less.  This year I find myself somewhere in the middle.

I am, at heart, a talk radio/quasi-political junkie and would listen to it primarily in the car, but the antenna went out on my truck a few months ago and the only stations I can get now are country music and the occasional top 40 station.  I can’t listen to it much at home anymore, as we’re doing school during the prime talk radio hours.  And I don’t have the time to stream it on-line in the evening.  I feel out of the political loop this year and maybe that is part of my ambivalence.

Part of it is that I still feel somewhat burned by the Bush administration.  He was incredible during 9/11 and in his first years in office.  But that second term was a waste of taxpayer dollars.  I have become, at least partially, one of those people who doesn’t really feel like I can make a difference, that what I do, say, or think can’t change anything about this government machine.  In a word, I feel a bit helpless.

But on the other hand, I seem to see a movement within the Church away from political involvement.  It seems to be en vogue to be apolitical.  Love of country and active involvement in her government are considered idolatrous and anti the Kingdom of God.  I think this attitude is terribly dangerous toward the freedoms that we have enjoyed that allow us to have this open dialogue and to worship and live and do – all, more or less, at our own choosing.  Because if those who possess the mind of Christ are not involved in the lawmaking a governing processes, then who is?  Those who are against Him, or at the very least, do not acknowledge Him or His moral law.

Our Founders’ own words confirm that we are nation founded on faith and that our citizens were expected to have an internal moral code, a conduct becoming of those who were the example of freedom and hope to the world, an educated populace who could defend against both physical and intellectual attack:

“It is the duty of nations, as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God and to recognize the sublime truth announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.” – Abraham Lincoln

“It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded not by religionists but by Christians, not on religion but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  We shall not fight alone.  God presides over the destinies of nations.  The battle is not to the strong alone.  Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?  Forbid it, Almighty God!  Give me liberty or give me death!” – Patrick Henry

“Every thinking man, when he thinks, realizes that the teachings of the Bible are so interwoven and entwined with our whole civic and social life that it would be literally – and I do not mean figuratively, but literally – impossible for us to figure what that loss would be if these teachings were removed.  We would lose all the standars by which we now judge both public and private morals; all the standards towards which we, with more or less resolution, strive to raise ourselves.” – Theodore Roosevelt

“The choice before us is plain, Christ or chaos, conviction or compromise, discipline or disintegration.  I am rather tired of hearing about our rights and privileges as American citizens.  The time is come, it now is, when we ought o hear about the duties and responsibilities of our citizenship.  America’s future depends upon demonstrating God’s government.” – Peter Marshall

“The Bible is the Rock on which this Republic rests.” – Andrew Jackson

America is not a perfect nation, but she is no doubt amazing.  A unique experiment in history that led to a so-called five thousand year leap in human progress.  I want to be part of that dream.  I want to be part of history.  My hope is not in my government, elephant or donkey or anything else, but I believe we are called to be active in the process.  So in spite of my current detached view of it all, I will make it a priority to stay engaged, to be informed, and to be involved.  The future that my children will have as American citizens is far too important to not make an effort.

What about you?  Have you been involved this political season?  You still have a few days.  Won’t you take some time this weekend to read up on the candidates in your area, and then make the time on Tuesday to get out and vote?

For His Glory ~

~ Sara

Today…

…I am completely captivated by the stories of the Chilean miners and still dealing with the fall out of my purse being stolen, so here are some photos of our family trip to the pumpkin patch for our church’s fall festival.  Enjoy and have a wonderful, wonderful Wednesday!

Jumping on some giant inflated thing

I totally wished they would have let grown ups on!

Making "corn angels"

Farmer Matt

One of Matt's most popular things to do with the kids - the Twisted Swing

The Bookends

Goofballs

She's so pretty - but I might be biased

Really wishing I had made her set down that cup

She had a run-in with a piece of firewood while we were camping, thus the roughed up chin

 

I’ll leave with this quote my cousin shared today on Facebook:

“There are actually 34 of us, because God has never left us down here.”

~ Jimmy Sanchez, Chilean miner

May we all have such faith in our day to day troubles.


Random Wednesday…

…when I write about whatever pops into my head.

I love the way she still lays all over me. Most of the time.

And I throw in some pictures for good measure.  Today’s photos are some summer leftovers that never made it off my camera until today.  Let’s savor these last moments of summer while we’ve got them, eh?  😉

I love green

  • I fought stainless steel water bottles for quite a while, and I’m still not willing to move entirely away from plastic.  Too many little hands, too many cups used in a day – I’d never be able to keep up with all the broken glass and I’d never have enough room in my cabinets.  Stackable plastic is still my friend.  Still, I was looking for an alternative to disposable water bottles for the girls to take with them to ballet and games and wherever, not so much because I’m environmentally concerned, but because I got tired of throwing away 14 oz of that 16 oz bottle of water.  A couple of weeks ago I found stainless steel bottles on sale at WalMart for $2 each, so I picked up a few and what do you know?  The water actually tastes better from them!  I’m still not abandoning my plastic cups, but I have come around on those darn hand-wash-only stainless steel bottles.

This is our old couch. We had it for eleven years. It wasn't much to look at, but ohmygoodness was it ever comfortable.

  • My beloved, nearly silent dishwasher has started making a disturbing noise.  I don’t like it.  Not one bit.

I miss this couch. Not the looking at it, but the laying on it. *sigh*

  • I’m so excited because I may have purchased our winter supply of chicken this week.  Dillon’s was having a sale on it, half the price of Sam’s.  So I stocked up.  Woot!  Now if my freezer would just cool back down from being defrosted, we’d be in really good shape.

Not at all sure what they were looking at...

  • I’m always amazed at how some school days go ever-so-smoothly and some are like a slow death by mental torture.  All things being equal, I cannot figure out what makes some days go so much better than others.

Marching along with the band

  • I’m considering signing up for another half marathon.  In Austin.  In February.  My thought is that it will keep me running through the nastiness that is a Kansas winter.  My other thought is that it will keep me running through the nastiness that is a Kansas winter.  I can’t decide.

    One of the few things I make that I am "proud" of. I make these for the girls on their birthdays.

Well, I think that’s about it for me.  What about you?  What’s on your mind today?


She melts me.

Have a fantastic Wednesday, friends!

~ Sara

Random Wednesday….

….when I write about whatever pops into my head and throw in some pictures just for kicks.  Here we go….

Coco's First Parade

Lined up and ready for a parade!

  • I have a definite limit on how many days in a row I can leave my house and still function well.  I think I determined last week that that number is six.  If you ask me to leave for the seventh day in a row, a meltdown is likely to ensue.  Followed by gross schedule changes and hermit-like tendencies for a minimum of 24 to 48 hours.  I’m better now.

Ellie & Her Flag

An ironic encounter - skinny, hairless, too long legs meets fat, furry, too short legs.

  • Birthdays cause a whirlwind of energy in our home.  Of course, so does someone ringing the doorbell, the UPS man delivering a package, the phone ringing, the dog barking…  I live in a whirlwind of energy.  For a low-key, practically only-child, it’s exhausting.  This is why I drink so much coffee.

A firecracker in her own right

Standing for the Star Spangled Banner

  • I’m embellishing this post with pictures from July 4th because I haven’t posted them yet.  It’s my blog.  I can do that.  Even if it is August now.  🙂

Why would you do this to your dog?

Classic Americana

  • It’s been an amazingly hot summer.  I’m a hot weather girl, but even I am about ready to admit that I’m ready for some cooler weather.  I’m not admitting that yet, but I’m getting close.  Multiple days of temps at or near 100 with heat indices of 105-115 tests even the most avid warm-weather-lover.  It was actually hotter here yesterday than in Phoenix.  I’m holding fast to my view that this is still preferable to February weather, but I concede that it.is.hot.

Not only do I know him - I'm related to him. Yikes.

Nothing says "Americana" like the Ranchero with a blow-up Uncle Sam in back!

  • I’m not even sure why I buy grapes and apples in the summer.  Those “ordinary” fruits just can’t compete with the cantaloupe, blueberries, cherries, peaches, watermelon, and pineapple that reside in the fridge during the warmer months.  I feel kind of bad for them, especially when they rot and I watch myself throw all that money away.

Some American greatness

Our attempt at fireworks on a very WET July 4th evening.

Have a great Wednesday, friends!

Random Wednesday…

…when I type about pretty much whatever pops into my head.  🙂

  • I feel extremely industrious and virtuous when I have dinner prepared early in the day.  It makes the late afternoon so much less stressful.  I wonder why I don’t do this more often.  Oh yeah, I know why.  Because that would require me thinking ahead.  😛
  • I went shorts shopping this afternoon.  This is akin to bathing suit shopping, in my opinion.  I.hate.it.  Running for three years has NOT given me lean legs.  Noooo….my thighs just keep getting bigger.  They are toned and lovely.  But big.  Not thin.  Very frustrating.  The few shorts I have are either a) too tight, b) too long to be cute anymore, c) just plain old, or d) all of the above.  Today I braved the department store, swallowed my pride and bought the size I need instead of the size I want to be, and now I can finally wear something other than skirts this summer.
  • Recently, Matt was teasing me that I was pregnant.  I’m not.  And then a friend told me recently that they are expecting again.  And that tiny flash of baby fever set in.  Or maybe it was because I was in the sun too long.  I don’t know.  All I know is that I wish it was as easy as saying “we’re just having two and we’re done”.  Or, in our case, “four and we’re done”.  That would make my life each month a whoooole lot easier.  I hate fence sitting for any reason.  We’ve been on this fence quite a while.  No clear direction is coming, so I guess we’ll maintain our perch on said fence and see if the Lord decides to surprise us someday or give us some sort of direction.  Direction would be nice, Lord.  Although, if you have more children in mind, a surprise might be the way to go. I don’t know. *sigh*
  • The happy little sunflowers I bought last week are doing surprisingly poorly.  I thought they liked heat and sun and dryness!  I think I’ll be returning them this week.

Well, that’s all I can come up with.  Have a great Wednesday, y’all!