It does absolutely no good to add years to our life if we don’t add life to our years. Our mortal bodies all have an expiration date but it isn’t printed on the sole of our feet. It is written deep inside our immortal soul which will continue on beyond our limited time on Earth.
Today, life expectancy in the United States is just shy of 80. The average lifespan at the time of the Declaration of Independence was only about 66. General George Washington who became our first President lived only to 67.
It’s not the quantity of our years on Earth that matters but rather the quality. It isn’t about how much money we’ve earned or how much fun we’ve had. Fame and celebrity are fleeting. How many famous people have had empty lives which they ended prematurely at their own hand?
No, there has to be something more. There has to be much more! It isn’t about where we live, urban or rural, north or south, east or west. It isn’t about whether we are white collar or blue collar. It most certainly isn’t about whether we are a member of the Democrat Party or the GOP.
Whether we’re a jet-setter or trailer park dweller does not compose the words of our epitaph. First and foremost, the essence of our life is determined by our impact upon those closest to us.
What is in your heart and mind everyday about your loved ones who have gone on before? Your grandparents, parents, siblings and even children who untimely passed ahead?
Whether or not you have progeny who owe you their physical existence in this world, when you are gone, what signs will remain behind that you passed ever so briefly through this life?
How many people in your own small circle have the conscience and the introspection to examine their own hearts in search of significance? How many just do whatever comes naturally without really stopping to think about why they’re doing it or if it is the best use of their limited time on Earth?
The problem with that approach which so many employ is the fallen human nature which we all possess. The wisdom which Almighty God imparted to Solomon tells us:
“There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.”
The choices which we make daily will affect not only the rest of our lives on Earth but moreover our eternal destiny.
A LEGACY TO LEAVE
Let’s briefly look at what we leave behind, then we will consider where we are going. Because they strive to become leaders of our nation, let’s consider the motives underlying the beliefs and the behavior of our elite political class.
Today we understand that not everyone in our land subscribes to the Judeo-Christian tradition upon which this nation was founded. This is not an essay on comparative religions and that is beyond the scope of our discussion today.
The Founders of our Beloved Country were not monolithic in their religious beliefs and practices. Some were Unitarians or Deists, not evangelicals.
Yet they recognized a Higher Power and the necessity of following Divine Providence. They understood and accepted these universal truths as an underpinning concept of human liberty.
That generation of patriots brought the experiment we now know as the United States of America into the prominence of world history.
Their legacy today is undeniable and indisputable, albeit some of our current crop of politicos do not fully appreciate and respect the sacrifices our Founders made to give us the freedoms we have.
But even the most egocentric among today’s Democrat political candidates cannot suggest to anyone that they deserve even to be spoken of in the same breath as Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin.
AOC may not even recognize some of these names. She’s probably seen Ben Franklin on the $100 bill. I doubt she ever saw an old $2 bill with Thomas Jefferson.
How many current politicians will have name recognition a century from now? Even a decade from now for that matter? In the unlikely event that one of these Democrat contenders actually gets elected, consider that not even many of our past presidents are household names in our own day and age.
Do you remember either John Tyler or Zachary Taylor? James Buchanan or Warren Harding perhaps? Surely you recall Chester Arthur!
Ronald Reagan has already begun to take on a larger than life legacy. Too bad we won’t be around to see what future generations write about Barack Obama and Donald Trump.
If everyone who seeks their 15 minutes in the sun were to consider the lasting impact they will make on this country or lack of same, their priorities might change ever-so-slightly. They might actually tend to consider what is the right and proper thing to do rather than just what is politically expedient to their own ambitions. Just maybe!
A LIFE EVERLASTING
Saul of Tarsus was a persecutor of Christians until the Lord Jesus Christ appeared to him in a blinding light on the road to Damascus. His life did a 180° turn as he surrendered to the Will of our Creator. As the Apostle Paul, he later wrote in his first epistle to the Corinthians in Chapter 15, Verse 19:
“If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.”
Yes, the same Damascus and environs today is where Iran is staging forces to attempt to circumvent God’s Plan for the Ages by destroying Israel. For every Truth of God, the devil has a counterfeit to confuse the minds of mortals.
While the deluded regime in Tehran tries to use military might to literally annihilate God’s people in Jerusalem, confused politicians here in our own country attempt to tear down all vestiges of our Judeo-Christian heritage.
God is made unwelcome on public school and university campuses, yet those who essay to force Him out of our lives are dumbfounded when evil fills the void caused by the absence of Good.
Our mission, yours and mine, if we choose to accept it, is to ensure that our own life is right with God. If somebody offers you a gift but you don’t reach out your hand to take it, you don’t get it. If you reject what is freely provided, you have chosen to elevate yourself as self-sufficient in need of nothing.
That mentality works for some folks for a long time until they reach the end of life’s road. You may have driven across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco in a dense fog but you were confident that at the other end you would reach Marin County.
We cannot yet visualize the other end of the bridge which leads from this life to the next, but we have the absolute assurance that it is the destiny which God has promised us through the Life, Death and Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
St. Paul wrote in his letter to the Romans, Chapter 6, Verse 23:
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life though Christ Jesus our Lord.”
There is still a toll booth at the entrance to the bridge to Heaven. But the price has already been paid in advance! Who other than God would assess a toll and then pay it Himself in our behalf?
Our life is ours to live. This is a blessing which we have here in the Home of the Free and the Land of the Brave. If we were citizens of the Islamic Republic of Iran or the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea residing within their respective domains, our lives would not be ours to live.
The government would determine for us and enforce upon us their own vision for our future on this planet. We will never, never permit this to be the case in the United States of America!
We As Americans Will Stand United in the Pursuit of Liberty. Politicians must either join us or get out of the way!
We are currently forming the American Conservative Movement. If you are interested in learning more, we will be sending out information in a few weeks.
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