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February 7, 2016
Why I Believe Christians Would Not Vote for King David or Moses If They Were Alive Today
One of the great internal debates a Christian can have is;
At a personal level, would I recognize a man not born into the ruling elite as God’s son? Would I look at a humble carpenter with no formal legal training as God’s chosen one? Would I see a Messiah in a man that had the audacity to reject the money changing tables the spiritual leaders approved of? These are the questions I have asked myself as a proclaiming Christian.
However, I’d challenge every person of faith to go further. Would we have voted for one of God’s chosen leaders to lead HIS people (If it were up to vote)?
Let’s examine the lives of two great Biblical leaders. Would we have voted for David or Moses?
King David began his ascent into leadership as a young shepherd boy. David had a life changing moment early in life. Saul and the Jewish army were paralyzed with fear against a ruthless fighter/tyrant named Goliath. David, unlike his brothers and Jewish peers, was not afraid to challenge Goliath. Furthermore, he chose the atypical tools to wage a fight against the most formidable opponent of the day. He declined the use of armor and the normal weapons to win a battle with his slingshot AND GOD.
Some trust in chariots and some trust in horses. His people should show a trust in God. Many forget these spiritual lessons from their youth.
What would we do if we were a witness to the battle between David and Goliath? Would we follow a young shepherd kid who yielded a slingshot and was not looked at as a leader within his own family? Would we follow the ruling class and Saul who possessed the great armor, were the dominant forces of leadership, and had the powerful institutions within their control?
Saul, being the victorious ruling party with Goliath’s death, would seek out the death and destruction of David for the benefit of his power. His jealousy raged against David because he desired to have the adoration of the people.
The situation yields further observations and questions. Did the average citizen comprehended that David had TWO parties pursuing his life and liberty…Saul AND Goliath? Did the average citizen (without the prophetic knowledge) have a clue that David was God’s anointed choice to be their next leader?
As history continued to unfold, we would have been presented with more difficult questions to answer. Would we have allowed the persecution of David from the ruling class to be so intense that David had to live with the Philistines (the tribe of Goliath)? Would we turn our backs on David to be accepted by the majority in control? Would we listen to the judges of the day so burdened with bribes that ‘Biblical Justice’ was outside their grasp? Would one be a Jonathan and help David survive the “Throwing of Spears” by those in power consumed with retaining popularity, power, and prestige?
After Saul’s death, which divided kingdom would I have supported if I had the choice? Would I support the old ruling party thru Saul or would I transfer allegiance to David? Would I really believe in a prolific writer to lead a nation?
Examining the life of David would make the decision to accept David as a leader very difficult. Would I believe in a man who had 8 wives to be a great leader? Would I trust a man that had accumulated wealth between $3 and $10 billion by today’s standards as a man that was not greedy? Could I follow a man that had an affair and conceived a child with a married woman (Bathsheba)? Could I follow a man who had the husband of Bathsheba AND a loyal servant to David, killed? Would I recognize that David was a man after God’s own heart with this history?
David would repent of these sins and seek after God. This is a VERY IMPORTANT ingredient for the progress of David. However, as an average citizen not close to David, how would I determine David was a man after God’s own heart? Without direct guidance from God, how would I discern this man was God’s choice to lead His nation?
I am afraid that if I was looking for strong character in an individual to be my leader, I would not have identified David. I would have followed Saul’s son who came from power, likely provided a similar speech as his father, and pledged allegiance to the historical contextual rulers of the day. I think I would have been ignorant that David would be God’s choice. The benefit of hindsight makes this decision obvious. Analyzing the situation real time would have been difficult if I knew David’s adulterous, murderous, and sinful history.
Would I have recognized Moses as a leader to follow? Moses grew up in a ruling house (Pharaoh) with great education but little to no influence of his biological dad. Would I trust a man without the discipline and guidance of a biological father in his teenage years that likely contributed to his violent behavior and temper that prompted him to kill a man?
Could I trust a man that was so uninspiring is his speeches that he had to have his brother deliver his message? Would I stay loyal to a leader when everyone was clamoring for their old comfortable life? Would I listen to the rationale thoughts of men around me who poked fun at Moses for suggesting a sea could part or that food would miraculously be provided to me in the desert? Would I really believe a guy coming down from the mountain that he had talked to God? Would I accept these “Mountain Laws” for me to follow as I’m surrounded by the majority consumed with affirming sexual sin and/or worshiping the golden calf who were “God’s Chosen People”?
I don’t know if I would trust a man that demonstrated violence in his youth, was by most accounts uninspiring with his tongue, and his primary claim to political fame was standing up to Pharaoh in his court. If I was Hebrew and heard from my peers that this man killed another, I likely would run from Moses. I am afraid I would have been ignorant that Moses would be God’s selection for leadership as well.
King David and Moses were chosen to lead God’s people with these characteristics, these shortcomings, and these personal histories. If you really ponder the lives these men led, I don’t know if any of us “Good People” would have selected them for leadership. Heck, maybe I would have been foolish and petitioned God to let Aaron lead. He obviously spoke better than “His Moses Guy”.
In today’s world we play a dangerous game of identity politics. We look for people that inspire us with their tongue and have lived lives that appear to ‘look like’ our own. However, Biblical lessons have taught us that God’s leaders are amazingly flawed. Furthermore, we have seen God’s people led into slavery by inept “Good” leaders. We have to look no further than the Jewish kingdom who allowed child sacrifice to be practiced inside their own camps. These historical leaders just sat there and worshiped the same false gods offered by the outside.
Furthermore, If we read our Bible we often learn many leaders that DID NOT follow God were instrumental to Jewish freedom. We know Xerxes liberated God’s people from slavery. He worshiped a different god!
Persian, Assyrian, and Babylonian leaders were all orchestrated in God’s plan for HIS nation. We have lost that perspective that “Outsiders” are definitely part of HIS overall orchestrated plan. Sometimes we should reflect on the current leaders we live under and ask why they are now in power. The Biblical answer tells us that the leadership that rules over is often placed their by God based on the spiritual condition of his leaders/people. Unfortunately, we have a religious electorate content with yelling at others shortcomings as opposed to an internal evaluation of their conduct (or lack thereof) and heart to improve the situation.
If God elected those behaving like him to lead, he would elect nobody. Yet many feel obliged to judge others and declare specific individuals are unfit to lead due to personality flaws that are unlike their own (I’ve been guilty as well). We have a tendency to be a self-righteous people (History Repeats).
I think it is easy to look in hindsight with the benefit of a perfect manual on whose God’s chosen leaders were. People of God celebrate King David and Moses every day. Yet, I’m confident both King David and Moses would not be the first choice of today’s “God” voter. Adultery, killing, etc. Forget about even entering the election.
The difficult part is recognizing flawed men with favor from God to lead. I remember living in Chicago and seeing the “Great Republican and Christian Leader” (Speaker Hastert) having his name on the Wheaton Business School. Oops..that guy was guilty of child molestation and cover-up! Even experienced Christian leaders (Wheaton is loaded with “These” people) often judge the character of men wrong after a life-long pursuit of pursuing God. By the way, Speaker Hastert is still loved by God. Like David, he will still have to pay a price for his sin.
Christians tend to focus on historical character, speech, and political identification that is widely known and on “Public” display. God primarily uses a different tool. He examines the current condition of the heart. God rarely uses the “Obvious” person based on human logic. He often uses the flawed and weak who have returned to seek God.
People will vote for popular and garner death in the desert. This is a historical Biblical fact. Select individuals often discern to vote for what is right, lose the vote, and live to see the Promised Land. I challenge your heart to discern if you would vote ‘right’ or ‘win’. I would challenge the Christian that claims Joshua and Caleb failed in their stewardship because they lost the vote (the common argument I have heard against this rationale).
I don’t think the vote of average men has changed much since Biblical times. The obsession with “Win” continues and is reaffirmed by the political figures and media they follow. In fact, the media presenting who is “likely to win” is used as powerful perception tool by the media against the believer.
At a personal observation level, wandering in the desert seems like our plight the last 40 years. “One Nation Under God” just hit 19 trillion in debt! I would challenge Americans to return to courageous votes that are ‘right’. These courageous votes and signatures are well represented in the Declaration of Independence.
Greatness may lie in people with shortcomings from a “Religious” world standard but have demonstrated a strong current condition of the heart to serve. I’m not too interested in ‘how long’ and ‘how established’ certain individuals have identified with a main stream religion. I’m more interested in changed hearts who are on fire to serve. I’m interested in courageous and changed people like Moses and David to lead a business, community, family, movement or nation.
We possess insights into the lives God selected to lead his nation. In no way am I saying America is God’s chosen nation (spare me the e-mails). However, I’m afraid Christians have become intense judges on historical character issues and tone deaf to the current condition of the heart in evaluating leaders for our own nation. In my opinion, the majority of Christians have become blind to people with flawed histories/personality traits He has used in the past to lead people.
Christians look in all the wrong places for information (media, friends, polls, etc). Christian tend to be baited by the smooth talkers, the popular, the praised, and those that have their images crafted in the media. Christians rarely look at the person persecuted to live in peace with the former enemy, or attacked by the ruling party/institutions, or a person who needs help in public speaking to be the potential leader of people.
His ways are not our ways. Christians need to relearn this lesson from their spiritual heritage.
At the end of the day, I’m thankful he is in control. We should remember to not lean our own understanding and acknowledge him in ALL our ways. We may just find a historical flawed leader that has the selection of God to lead history and develop his people (Who may or may not follow God). I’m afraid the world will continue to overlook leaders the world is not worthy of as the book of Hebrews guides us in today’s “Religious” climate.
Today, America is a Republic and not a Theocracy. However, we do have a Constitutional role to ‘Ensure the BLESSINGS of Liberty for Ourselves and Our Posterity’. Our own ways have led to $19 trillion in debt, a culture that breeds a dysfunctional family unit that is destroying “Domestic (Latin for Home) Tranquility”, and a state of national security that has rarely seen this level of instability. Yet, many believe Liberty is a blessing we give ourselves or have decided to scrap Constitutional Liberty altogether.
It is time to review the definition of blessings, understand our Constitutional charge for the next generation, and consider that imperfect people in historical conduct or speech maybe worthy leaders of a movement for God’s Ordained Institution (Government) to govern (this doesn’t always equate to “feel good” progress) his people. Repentant, restored, and obedient hearts remain a key ingredient.
The questions for those who still believe this is “One Nation Under God” are plentiful. Are we clamoring for our old life, content with wandering in this desert, or brave enough to seek the Promised Land with the obvious appearance of tough obstacles? Are we willing to evaluate our heart/obedience levels and seek God? Are we brave enough to abandon the majority of “Good” people in the public square motivated with fear by the appearance of danger in the ‘Promised Land’ or consumed with the lure of existing wealth on the safe side of the river?
I think those professing that this is “One Nation Under God” need to reevaluate their ways of identifying leaders, and what heart desires/fears they are exercising in their vote. There is nothing new under the sun. Clearly His ways are not our ways. That is guidance worth listening to.
I pray we have the discernment to elect leaders as God identifies them. This can be a difficult task. As a word of advice, I think we need to walk away from noise and pray in silence. I pray we can exercise courage in our votes despite the lures/fears/obstacles in front of us. Finally, I pray we have the perseverance to see our own “Promised Land” with our children. We will have to live/fight through some major battles to give our children the heritage they are deserving of. It is time we Constitutionally answer the call to ensure the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity. Our forefathers taught us how to fight the odds and win.
***Todd Watson was an Independent Candidate for US Senate from Nebraska in 2014. He is a current activist, business owner, school board member, ministry board member, husband, and dad. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. His FB page is Watson For Senate and his twitter handle is @watsonforsenate ; Please enjoy the other blogs on the state of the GOP and the plight of Hog Farming in Nebraska this weekend (How is that for diversity!). He invites the secular civil world to “chill-out” with these writings of religious expression and exercise. He loves you too.
February 1, 2015
Todd’s Weekend Journal…Random musings from scanning the papers after a busy work week and being snowed in.
The Failed Political Tactics of the Pro Life Movement
Saturday was the annual big day in Lincoln where the state celebrates the Pro-Life movement of which I’m a life-long believer in. This blog is not going to take on the merits of the Pro-Life argument today. My blog is going to take on the failure of the movement in how they play politics. My critical comments are meant to challenge and improve the progress of the cause.
The 20 week abortion ban bill failed this week in Washington after being as close to a guarantee by the Republicans after the November election. The Pro Life camp bet heavy on Republicans in 2014. Of course this makes logical sense when you only deem two options exist and only 5 out of 236 Democrats are deemed Pro-Life (see stat below) by a Democratic loyal group. Did anyone ask how we got to this polarizing point in the Democratic Party where little dissent exists?
In 2009, Representative Stupak (D-MI), a Pro-Lifer, led an amendment to take out taxpayer funding from the Patient Protection Act. 100% of Republicans voted for it. It would not have passed on GOP votes alone. However, 25% of the Democrats voted for the provision and the amendment passed. This 25% of Democrats supporting Pro-Life was key to victory. It is gone today. The party have pushed them out and the Pro-Life groups have politically turned their back on Non “R” Pro-Lifers. Only 3 Democrats voted for the latest bill due to the change in party make up and abandonment by the ideological groups in support. Any platform should be able to appeal to more that 2% of a group and highlights the lack of diversity that exists in the polarizing opinions of two parties. Any person with a solid voting record should be supported.
The Pro-Life movement worked hard to push out formal support of any Pro-Life candidates without an “R” (including me in 2014) and back a pure “R” ticket. It did not work. They did not have the votes within the party needed to win. They needed the Democrats to win the vote. It does not help when you look at the other aisle and have no allies you can count on. The “Gulp” moment should be the realization that the movement took actions to alienate people who can make decisive swing votes to win.
People no longer being judged/supported by the content of their actions/character but by the letter behind their name is Mistake One by these Pro-Life groups. They need outside “R” help to win a vote.
The party loyalist action is understandable but mistaken. The “D’s” have pushed out any Pro-Life individuals from their party and become a Pro-Choice party. When people are pushed out of a group—it is a great time to seek out and meet those individuals—not pull away. Pro-Life “D’s” stand in isolation and have little to no support from party or Pro-Life ideological groups. Pro-Life D’s should be Independents based on how the party treat their own with these values. Pro-Life organizations should embrace Pro-Life D’s because they don’t have the votes with Republicans alone. They should embrace these individuals out of ideological principle until actions/statements prove to the contrary.
In a very rare procedure, the R’s pulled the 20 week abortion bill that was up for a vote. When a bill is scheduled to vote — it takes place. Cancellation of a scheduled vote is extremely rare. It is an extraordinary sign that something is very wrong when the vote is pulled by the Party.
Pro-Lifers who think the “R” party stands for Pro-Life is Mistake #2. This reality is not new with proof existing over a decade. During the Contract with America era, the Pro-Life platform was not put on the agenda because they could not garner the percentage of Republicans necessary per Contract with America guidelines to make this a platform issue. Many thought the party changed the last decade. As I warned you before the election—it has not. Proof was in the pudding this week.
Yes, Republicans are clearly a better Pro Life party then Democrats (that is a low bar in 2015). However, Republicans campaign on the topic to secure the pro-life votes for power, but fail (usually at the beginning of a term so they can rebuild image/support for the next election) in pushing the agenda at vote time.
The R’s backed down to a watered down bill that eliminated the tax funding of abortions. A win, but not the victory the Pro-Life movement was counting on. In fact, this win was the concept advocated and started with the 25% of Democrats I mentioned in 2009. The Republicans did not achieve much more. The GOP delegation for Nebraska would have come through to be fair, but their party failed in delivering the goods they promised their base of voters.
A few quotes from GOP/Pro-Life loyalists –
Jill Stanek (GOP/Long Time Visible Pro-Life advocate) ”…it was beyond the scope of my imagination to think GOP House leadership could be so traitorous, weak, and stupid as to pull a publicly supported landmark pro-life bill they’d publicly promised to sign the following day…”
Beyond your imagination Jill? Hopefully Jill is awake now on who the national party really is and is not. She had multiple examples in history to prevent her from making this failed judgment. Jill’s failure is the same failure many other Pro-Life followers make. They listen to speeches, look for party labels, and don’t research historical votes. Republicans have members who are strong Pro-Life. However, the Party is far from being a Party of Pro-Life. If you need more evidence just watch Romney preach Pro-Life to garner the Republican bid for President and fool the country who did not know his record. He was well on the record (watch debate online) to defend choice when running for Governor in Mass. Ignore the speech and focus on voting record. However, this awareness is not achieved when followers of a movement observe letters in front of names over actions/character of individuals on the record.
RedState (GOP loyalist site), Editor-in-Chief Erick Erickson declared Pro-Lifers, “Whores of the Republican party. They return predictably to the GOP for more abuse and disappointment.” His strong words—not mine.
Again, we tried to warn people to not put their faith in the GOP party for Pro-Life values. The GOP consolidates Tea Partiers, Pro-Lifers, etc. for votes at election time but turn their back on their key voting groups when key votes present themselves. The establishment runs the show. It amazes me how long it is going to take for people to realize the truth. These fractional groups are just as ignorant by giving their power to a larger group who will not pull their main interests in the halls of Congress but will preach the line before the election.
What will make the difference towards a winning vote for Pro-Life?
One. Pro Life groups around the country should stop alienating sympathetic Democrats and Independents. 29% of voting Democrats still claim a “Pro-Life” stance. 29% of Democratic votes in the halls of Congress would make all the difference in pushing bills like the 20 week abortion ban forward. Embrace and build a Democratic/Independent flank in the movement. Can a minority movement really afford to alienate friendly supporters? They thought so. I don’t. This week’s vote proved my point.
Two. Understand putting 100% faith in the GOP fails. Ironically, the movement was treated like a minority group by the GOP in a similar fashion of how the movement treated fellow minority party supporters of the ideology like myself. “What goes around comes around” – Mama Watson. She is right. It is time to rethink strategy of embracing all Pro-Life followers based on the merits of their votes or on the record pledges/statements.
Three. Citizens must change their votes. Wake up and realize what national party stands with you and what national parties do not (both). It’s time to support people and not parties. Do not consolidate your power to a group who will not vote your values. Accept responsibility and change your behavior.
GOP Scraps Bill on Border Security
The abortion bill was the only key “GOP” legislation that was scraped….right? Wrong. A bill was pulled off the floor to deal with border security because the Republicans could not agree on terms.
GOP representative Michael McCaul said on the pulled bill, “For God’s sakes, if we can’t unite around border security what can we unite around?”
GOP representative Mo Brooks from Alabama said, “And as such, it is an effort to convince the American people that we are doing something substantive to secure the border when in fact nothing substantive is being done.”
In our Senate race and others, no complete plan would be presented by a GOP candidate. The only stance a GOP candidate would take in concrete is “Nothing can be done until the border is secured.” Today, the Republicans cannot agree on their only solid plank in the immigration debate — securing the border. Your party–not mine. Actions speak louder than words.
I supported Securing the Border but many thought the GOP was the answer on the issue. I don’t think our representatives from Nebraska are the problem in this scenario but their party is now the latest road block in the next step to border security. As I cited in the debates the GOP and journalists did not attend at Nebraska Wesleyan, “When nothing happens, something happens”. That is the predicament this country voted for.
Giving the GOP Some ‘Love’ They Deserve
Time to balance out the negative with the positive. The GOP in the Senate has allowed debate and a number of amendments in January that already surpassed the number of amendments the Democrats allowed from the GOP in 2014. This is a big reversal of a dangerous trend. Like a loyal dog that desires their praise, they need to be scratched behind the ear and told “Good Job” for their efforts.
This is a good step for our Democracy. Allowing a minority group to speak, propose amendments, and debate is healthy for our country. You don’t have to agree or even support their view. However, let the argument offered in good faith (not meant for endless filibuster) be heard. Hopefully, the Democrats do not forget this gesture the next time around. Silencing elected officials from being part of the legislative process is not American.
Independents like myself, Jim Jenkins, and most all the other Independents around the US made ‘Debate’ a central point in 2014. Independents had a big part in challenging the culture to get these main parties to talk, debate, and legislate as a body again. Not every Republican believes in open debate, but it looks like the powers at be are changing and got the message. Please learn Democrats. Silencing a group from speaking is a horrendous action. Amen GOP for being the bigger group to change the course instead of retaliate.
Water – Our Most Precious Resource—The Good News
If we do not want the government to control our lives, we must make sure we take responsibility for ourselves and the resources given to us (including our votes). We cannot allow good arguments to be given to those who want to usurp powers of the people to the government. Buried in small print on the back pages of our paper was a story that demonstrates Nebraskans are managing our natural resources well.
From the Journal Star on January 24, 2015 –
“The average water-level change in Nebraska’s portion of the aquifer from the 1950s to 2013 was minus 0.3 feet.
By comparison, the average water-level declines in the other five states that overlie a significant portion of the Ogallala were: minus 41.2 feet in Texas; minus 25.5 feet in Kansas; minus 16.5 feet in New Mexico; minus 14.3 feet in Colorado; and minus 12.3 feet in Oklahoma.
The USGS report said that in 2013, there were about 2.92 billion acre-feet of water in the aquifer. That’s enough to cover the U.S. with more than 15 inches of water.”
Contrary to the propaganda and belief or several voters—the vast majority of Nebraskans care about the water. It is the lifeblood of our existence, our economy, and our way of life. We owe a big thank you to the important efforts of our NRD boards and officials to sustain these consistent water levels reported by the USGS.
Let’s take a moment to give those involved in our water situation a thank you for their efforts. 63 years of stewardship gives the next generation the same opportunity. That is stewardship at its best. The same can be said on our state budget. Well done.
Let’s also realize that the water concerns in other states are warranted. They are not taking care of their resources themselves to provide long term sustainability to the next producers/people. I understand environmentalists screaming when all the water is gone. At the same time, I get tired of hearing environmentalists yelling when the stewardship is going well at a local level. Give credit where credit is due.
One of the single reasons our beef industry passed Texas was our management of water. The loss of cattle in Texas due to the last drought really put a large dent in their industry. Wells were dry and pastures dried up. We used more water during dry times but cut back irrigation 30% when the precipitation returned. That water made the difference for many farmers not on dry land to seize the opportunities presented in the markets at the start of the decade. Cutting way back to refill the levels used during wetter seasons just makes sense. Water management is one solid reason we are #1 in beef and lead in agriculture! Let’s not lose that edge and be educated when we use and when we replenish.
We still have work to do. Nebraskans in the South, Central, and Northern part of the state experience and view water very differently (on the whole—some share same views). It would be helpful to unify those views into a workable long term plan. Maybe a long term water plan can be an issue that moves up the priority list over poker and mountain lions from each party? Furthermore as a state, it would be helpful to deal with the 1 or 2 out of a 100 that spoil the reputation of the whole. There are bad apples in every bunch, but one bad apple does not warrant ceding control to the Feds.
We can police ourselves. If we don’t manage our situation—the Feds likely will. The last thing we want is the government to manage non navigable resources that Nebraskans can manage. I know our representatives are fighting against current over-arching rules. Let’s back up their fight by being proactive in getting ahead of the game and have plans for the long term that give our children the same water resources/opportunities for their future.
Nebraskans need credible information to make the appropriate plans to manage. We should be sharing knowledge with other states so they can improve their own situation. These states are giving the government good reason to think they can’t manage the water for themselves. I’d be upset too if my livestock all died from no access to water caused by overuse of previous generations who knew better. I’d be upset if I was a young Ag businessman and knew the previous generation depleted the water source for my products. Some of the stats out of Texas and California are appalling with regard to water. Thank you NRD members for your valuable contributions to water sustainability in Nebraska. Job well done!
The Crisis in North Omaha
Speaking of taking care of ourselves…the continued gang shootings in Omaha is very troubling. It was great to see community organizers come out against this problem. Domestic Tranquility is the last resort job of Federal government. However, they often overkill the situation with the continued militarization of a government force to deal with domestic situations (don’t get me started on this disturbing trend). The citizens of North Omaha and local authorities need to work expeditiously to rat out the problem people in this situation. Omaha needs to get the few bad apples under control so domestic tranquility reigns for peaceful North Omaha residents again.
My prayers are with the forces across Nebraska. May they attack the situation with courage and God given security. May the citizens who live peacefully with their neighbor and care about their community take back their neighborhood. My hope is Nebraskans spend some time in prayer, moral support, and involvement to make North Omaha a non-violent place again. Gangs have no place in Nebraska life. Thank you volunteers who invest in the lives of young men in North Omaha to keep kids out of gangs and moving forward. I’m very encouraged at the programs Metro is putting together to get local citizens inexpensive training to obtain local well-paying jobs that are readily available and remain unfilled. My day on campus in October was incredible. Well done officers, volunteers, coaches, and teachers making a difference in the situation! My prayers are with you.
Congrats to UNO Hockey and Coach Brown
It was great to see the UNO Hockey team with a monumental win against the #1 team in NCAA hockey. The town was rocking. The fan support was amazing. What a great scene! It is exciting to see another dominant team arise in this state. Great job Mavericks!
Finally, thanks Ron Brown for all you did and do for Nebraska. I loved and admired what Coach Brown did for the State of Nebraska. On a personal level, he was a local inspiring figure who gave me confidence to be bolder in my faith views. So many don’t have the guts to say “God” outside the walls of their church or home. The “Silent” ones are as much at fault then those pushing an alternative agenda in the change of this country. Silence is speech as Bonhoeffer, Dr. King, and Abe Lincoln identified.
Secularists should not criticize Ron as his ministry work did not hurt his paid for work. Doing both jobs well is very Biblical (Paul) and American. His pupils are going pro with the help of great teaching by Ron. It is impossible to argue against the merits of his for profit work by observing the prospects of his pupils. Success story after success story in their craft is Ron’s working legacy! Even Ameer (Great Sr. Bowl!), who Brown dissenters were hoping would speak out against Ron due to different belief sets, liked Ron. Ron treated people well regardless of belief sets and that makes him a testament to the faith. Never compromising principles but always caring for people was what I viewed from Ron.
As a criticism of a few Christians, many turned their back on Pelini after his comments. Who wants to associate with someone who conducts themselves like that (we all heard it)? You know who will associate and work with people “Like That”—Ron. We are all imperfect and Ron gives that grace and genuine love to others that many will not give based on public perception. God bless him for it.
Granted Pelini’s comments were not flattering or honorable but Ron (in my opinion) does not run from people who are not like himself. He runs to them. Ron is working for and with Pelini. Ohio is so very lucky to have Coach Brown. Ron has patience with people. We can all learn from Ron’s patience, boldness, and love.
The UNL administration did not only turn their back on Pelini (there were some nuggets of truth in the tirade) but they turned their back on Ron as well. I’m not here to give an up or down vote on Pelini. Furthermore, I’m not up or down on Riley. I understand he needs “His Guys” to do what he was hired to do.
However, it was well understood that UNL did not like Ron’s speech on issues of conviction and faith. Free speech is a dying value and virtue held by those on top of the pyramid. I too was silenced by many “On Top” in this societal game based on my outspokenness and views. Many institutions try to make people of faith one dimensional or appear as Neanderthals to discredit their being/views and push their agenda forward.
A lack of coverage, non invites by groups, etc. is very real. Thankfully, those trying to control speech are still a minority (but unfortunately growing). Unfortunately, the minorities who try and control speech have large influence and control of the Public Square and view it as a tactic when they should be more worried about fighting the rights given to us by God.
Ron helped advocate more than good football and ministry. He was a strong example of free speech (whether that was his intention or not). We need to continue to fight for the free exercise of religion and speech.
His legacy is well established and will live on in Nebraska. FCA is pioneering a dramatic change in helping coaches assist young athletes. Ron was strongly behind this movement. I think the best fruit the FCA program will yield in individuals and Nebraska Football is just beginning.
Thanks Ron! You will always be a Nebraskan and a person of admirable boldness to me.
I Will Be Speaking in Lincoln on Tuesday
I will be speaking at Valentino’s on 70th for breakfast (Yes – Breakfast is served at Vals) on Tuesday morning from 6:30 to 8 in Lincoln. I will be talking faith, business, and a little politics. I’ll be sharing my story of the idols that held me back, God’s humbling of “Me”, my background in business, and my ongoing faith journey. Get up early and join us!
January 20, 2014
My favorite quotes of MLK – These are a few that are less well known. These statements are as true today as they were then.
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
“Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.”
“He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.”
“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”
“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” (Can we post this in Congress?)
“Science investigates religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power. Religion gives man wisdom which is control.”
“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
January 17, 2014
As I talk to people across the state, the conversation is clear in Conservative circles. Nebraska is campaigning on who can’t stand Obama (especially Obamacare) more. As conservatives, we are upset with many of the policies (understatement) the Democrats have enacted.
We must continue to stand up for a way of life that moves away from government control and returns the freedoms and liberties given to us by our creator and constitution. However, I know in this era of political gridlock we need to find something we agree on.
I dug hard to find something I agree with the President on, but I found it. I thought it was worth mentioning as I believe the future Congressional delegations must find common ground to work together. Let me be the first candidate in the Conservative circles to say I agree with the President on one of his statements.
This quote is from his speech in 2006. I agree with him 100% on this specific statement.
Obama – USA Today – 07/10/2006 –
“Secularists are wrong when they ask believers to leave their religion at the door before entering the public square. Frederick Douglas, Abraham Lincoln, William Jennings Bryan (Great Nebraskan), Dorothy Day, Martin Luther King – indeed, the majority of great reformers in American history – were not only motivated by faith, but repeatedly used religious language to argue for their cause……So to say that men and women should not inject their ‘personal morality’ into public policy debates is a practical absurdity.”
“Our law is by definition a codification of morality, much of it grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition.”
Many people (including conservative circles) will argue our law was not founded on Judeo-Christian principles. The President and I agree that much of it is.
Finally, the question is not if the law involves statements of morality. The question is which form of morality is a public servant fighting for to be law?
Todd Watson for U.S. Senate believes good law starts with a foundation grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition. I agree with the President on this statement from 2006.
December 6, 2013
“If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.” – Nelson Mandela
That is a great quote. We should post that quote around the halls of Congress if they want to honor Mandela while simultaneously receiveing some beneficial instruction.
Matthew 5:44 –
But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.
In my opinion, Nelson understood this Biblical instruction quite well.