Immigrant

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We are a nation of immigrants, but does that mean that we should have wide open borders?  At the height of European migration, when France gave us the Statue of Liberty, did we not have and use Ellis Island where many were in fact sent back?  When they came they didn’t get anything from the govt, even as some were able to homestead, but illegal immigrants get a wealth of aid all while calling America racist.  Does the fact that my ancestors came here as early as 500 years ago mean that the US should always have an open door, regardless of the struggles the American people face?  Our immigration policies, the same which allow terrorists citizenship and reward criminal activity while denying a home schooling Christian family from Germany the chance to stay are insane, and if they show racism, ask yourself why the Romeike family face deportation while Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is a US citizen, and his brother was allowed to remain even after we were told of his terrorist ties.

Important – Please Read and Consider

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 

There is one thing that we can do, one ally we have which is more powerful than all others.  In Christ, we hold the ability to go before our Heavenly Father, to seek Him, to find His comfort, His forgiveness, His healing and His comfort.  In life’s struggles, in the battles that rage around us, He remains as close as we allow Him to be.  While it seems that the nation has forgotten Him, many of us have not.  We need to turn collectively to Him, to seek His hand in this hour.

Mike Huckabee recently stated, “We don’t have a crime problem, a gun problem or even a violence problem. What we have is a sin problem. And since we’ve ordered God out of our schools, and communities, the military and public conversations, you know we really shouldn’t act so surprised… when all hell breaks loose.”

First off, he is right.  Secondly, the ugly response to his comment is telling of a people who have forsaken their first love, a people who need revival, who need God in our lives and our communities.

John Adams said, “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion (Biblical Christianity). Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious (Christian) people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

Government today seeks power to contend with human passions that are not constrained by Christian morality.  The solution to our crisis, individually and collectively, is to repent and turn toward God.  There is not a single problem we face today that does not find its solution in Him.

We need God!

I’m asking all of you to start a fire, to mark Sunday, August 19th as a day that we will join collectively in prayer for revival and healing in these United States.  Blog about it, promote it, spread the idea, and start a fire!  Do not surrender to the tides of darkness, but let us turn to Him, our Father, our Creator, and seek His strength to turn the tides that pull us deeper into the abyss.  We will not give up, we will not go down without a fight, and in our fight let us cling to our Lord, our Father, our God!  As we join together in prayer, we will be heard, for we are His children.  Will we surrender so much for so little, or seek salvation, renewal and healing from our heavenly Father?

Our love for one another, and for our nation demand it.  If our children were injured, we would pray.  This is their future.  This is our home.  I will be praying on that day.  Join me in agreement.  PRAY!  Let’s join together, and know that as we seek Him, He IS there!

 August 19th, 2012!  Prayer for Revival and Healing!

Random Thought

 

Back in Texas again, which is not bad considering I love this state.  I’d be more than happy to call it home.  I was talking to a friend earlier and mentioned where I was.  He said the Lone Star State should start calling itself the Lone Moral State!  I’m not sure I’d go that far, but sometimes it sure seems heading that direction.  Given the tug of war between those who wish to redefine our nation and those who see greatness in our culture and values it’s very hard to say where it will all lead.  I do know that the latter are not going to surrender, and for that I am very glad.

I’ve thought a lot today about that “redefining” and I can not figure it out.  Sure they can turn heroes into villains in our public schools, and rewrite history in an attempt to void out the reality, but it doesn’t take much to see that we were a better people, a blessed and powerful people, when we held to our Christian values.  And yes, contrary to the effort to erase that heritage, it remains in the pages, documents, and momentos of the past.

Barrack Hussain Obama declared that we are NOT a Christian nation.  Of course many before him recognized that we are Christian nation, that those values were essential to our identity as a people.  It is those values that made us great, that shaped our views and pushed us forward through the hard times, ever pressing toward an ideal that we knew was unobtainable, but desirable all the same.  In those ideals, we were a better people, and we were a nation blessed abundantly by God.  We didn’t have a state church, not all Americans were Christians, but it was (and dare I say is) the foundation upon which our constitutional republic was built.

I wish that world view was far more common today.

For example, equality in the United States was born not out of the concept that all are entitled to riches, but rather born out of a more humble place.  It was born out of the fact that we are all imperfect, we are all sinners, and salvation is gained not by our glory, but in Christ.  It by grace through faith.  There is no pride, there is no boasting.  Out of that humility it is easy to forgive the shortcomings of others, and to see others as your brothers and sisters, others created in the image and likeness of the creator.

Humility is lost because we fail to recognize our true state.  Pride only serves to further divide.  It is pride that demands churches conform to their world view, that is offended by truth.  It is pride that seeks to elevate self above all else, and set self up on a throne that belongs to God.  It is pride that seeks to silence the very faith that is our foundation, a faith that is distorted and attacked by those who declare good is evil.  It is that same pride that seeks the politicians will over the masses and demands conformity to a false ideal.

There is more, so much more to all of this.  It is true we have not acted perfectly.  It is true some very horrible things were done by the United States.  Our President is busy telling everyone how sorry we are too.  Yet, it remains that our greatness is defined in our Christian heritage, and in the values that have more than proven their worth.  Our hope is in a return to an understanding of truth, not based upon vanity that seeks to esteem self over all else, but truth based on an understanding of who we are, in God, with humility and reverence.

Just my random thought of the day!  Y’all take care and God bless!!!

HOPE!

Stained glass at St John the Baptist's Anglica...

Stained glass at St John the Baptist’s Anglican Church http://www.stjohnsashfield.org.au, Ashfield, New South Wales. Illustrates Jesus’ description of himself “I am the Good Shepherd” (from the Gospel of John, chapter 10, verse 11). This version of the image shows the detail of his face. The memorial window is also captioned: “To the Glory of God and in Loving Memory of William Wright. Died 6th November, 1932. Aged 70 Yrs.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

To a nation desperate for hope, there is only one true source of Hope! There is only one who can make it right, only one who can save us. It is Christ, and He alone!

State Sponsored Bigotry

NPR?! Seriously?! Great use of taxpayer money to promote bigotry! I realize that white Christian conservatives are the one group that the media seem to have no problem making fun of, especially if they make them “redneck”, but no matter how you look at it, this is wrong.  This has no business on the NPR web site.  Imagine such a cartoon of any other group?

http://www.npr.org/2012/03/14/148610030/double-take-toons-southern-men

Smile When You Say That…

It’s not my job to judge.

It’s my hobby.

 

On a run right now from Los Angeles to NYC which takes me through some of my favorite areas which some people call fly over states.  Personally I’d be just fine avoiding L.A. and N.Y.C. and staying in all those other areas that are generally ignored by those in the big cities.  Coming off of some time at home reminds me of how much I miss my wife and kids, but I know I am out here for a reason.  God will take care of the rest in His time.

As for that picture, that’s chicken fried steak, or what people in those fly over states call dinner, and it is some good eatin’!  No, it isn’t chicken.

Been reading all of your blogs and comments while out here, and keeping up on the news.  For the former, a sincere thank you!  I love what y’all write about and keeping everyone up on what is going on.  I also love your comments and interactions.  Haven’t been here long but real glad I found this place.  No, I’m not a Harvard professor, but I’m of the opinion that a Harvard education is over-rated.  Could do a few blogs on that topic alone.  Hard to believe it was a Christian university once upon a time.

I actually did go to college.  A real Christian university no less.  I am just a few units shy of my degree, and that all lower division.  I don’t know that I ever will finish.  At one point I wanted to teach, and write.  Not a good time to get into teaching now, and at this point I’m not sure that I’d even want to.

As for writing, I’m doing that here.  I absolutely enjoy it, and it is good to connect with people and exchange ideas.  I need to learn more about WordPress and download office so I can write things out before I come on here.  I prefer it that way.  Gives it a little more polish, and if y’all are willing to check out what I put up, I want to honor your time with some effort to make it worth while.  This post excluded, however any suggestions on WordPress or in general are greatly appreciated!

The Conservative Hillbilly made my day today.  Check out his post here.  His post is dead on.  Could not agree more, and thank you brother for mentioning me.  I am honored.  Pass you a frosty one any time!

Fixin’ to turn in for the night.  It’s been a pretty good day, and again, thank you all for your time, your comments, and your subscriptions.

 

In the News…

Arizona strikes back: State investigates feds over gun-running  They absolutely should!  As should Texas and Mexico.  The Fast and Furious case added fuel to a fire that has resulted in thousands of deaths and subverted the security of the border and a neighboring nation.

And in related news, one Mexican state bordering the US was deadlier than all of Afghanistan last year.  It doesn’t take much to see that this is not good for the United States or Mexico.

Speaking of Fast and Furious, Uncle Ted Nugent had a thing or two to say about the subject.

It is already spreading here.  1.4 million gang members and more pour into the United States.  That is roughly the size of our joint active duty military, that is before Obama’s military cuts reduce that number by one third.

It is argued that Gay Marriage would not interfere with our First Amendment rights.  Guess again!  It will be really interesting to see where all of this leads.

I blogged about this, but it bears repeating.  As we are in dire need of jobs and oil, our politicians deny us both.  Obama’s Keystone Denial Prompts Canada to Look to China Sales.  We also dropped the ball on Brazil, as China gets jump on U.S. for Brazil’s oil.  It really makes me wonder what they are thinking.  The economy, our need for oil, and the instability in the Gulf all make Keystone the right thing for us to do.  If the Strait of Hormuz is closed down how high will fuel prices go?  Remember, it isn’t just fueling up that Prius, it is every item in your mall and local 7-11 that will cost far more.

They now know who all those body parts at the Hollywood sign belong to.  Just another day in paradise!

The battle over our freedoms continues, specifically with regard to the internet.  as SOPA and PIPA votes are to be delayed.  I hope it isn’t like Obama signing the NDAA.  Wait until everyone is hung over and busy with football to sneak the bill into law.  After all, no one is looking.

Well, that’s not exactly true, we are looking!

On a lighter note…

Introduce Yourself…

I’m Robert Ray, a husband, a father, a Christian, an American, a former Marine, a conservative/libertarian, trucker, and several other things to boot.  Hopefully the labels haven’t served to box me in!  (I rather detest labels, as too often they separate people.  Rather than see another human it is too easy to see “——–“.)   I am 46, and I was born on New Year’s Day 1966.  I have been married 18 years, and I have five children with my wife Courtney.

I use to blog often a few years ago, but I let it fall to the side.  Between things going on in my personal life and the election causing people to turn rabid on one another I gave it up.  I am back because Facebook doesn’t exactly give me the opportunity to express myself.  It is a little to broad in that in includes friends, family, coworkers, classmates, and people from all over.  Much as it has served to bring together people from all over life, it has also been destructive to relationships.  I won’t go further into that now, but a google search will bring up plenty of articles on the topic.

I had already written an introduction, but it was lost somehow.  Far better than this one too, but so it goes.

I’m not looking to write specifically about anything.  So far I’ve posted mostly political, but I don’t want a political blog at this point.  I don’t have the time or energy to engage in the sparring that such blogs often fall into.  I know, people like blogs about specific things, and if you need a label, at this point it is life as seen through the eyes of this cowboy.  depending on how much I take to this I may have separate blogs for different things.

Thank you to all who have come, and all who will come!  And thank you in advance for the friendships I’m sure will come from this experience.  Y’all are welcome!  Come on in and sit a spell!