How do you live?

This is a question which I have never asked of myself let alone anyone out in the world or on the web. So, I will try to come into this with an answer for you that makes some sense, at least to me.

I live in a rural community in the middle of a Southern state. I am a Caucasian with a family tree which goes almost back to the original colonies, although I believe that my ancestor came over as an indentured servant from what I can determine at least. Not that it makes any difference in how I view the world today, since my ancestor and those that they or he served was over three centuries ago. The past is fine to look into and wonder about, but it cannot dictate your life today and it shouldn’t. Even the time in which I was born, the first years of the ’60’s, is foreign to us now because that is over fifty years ago. A different time and culture, even in the South.

Time makes a lot of difference in how people view the world and the history which happened in our past. From the recent decades all the way back to the founding of the American colonies. Yes, there have been many mistakes and wrong turns in many countries all over the world, but with wisdom and the knowledge that we glean from learning about real history, not altered or manufactured history, we can determine to do better in the future.

Life itself causes us to work through our days and weeks and months and years, one day at a time. Just as we learn about life, one day at a time. We don’t see the future and it seems that many are trying to erase or change as much cultural history in our past as they can. Why? The different cultures are what make us unique! It doesn’t matter if two millennia ago they were worshipping a different god than we do now? Getting rid of antique and irreplaceable sculptures and artifacts will not correct history to what you wish it to be, but it will destroy art that cannot be replaced.

How can you live in a world where the culture that is trying to dominate and take over the world is also trying to reshape the world’s history to suit its own ends? Life can teach us many things but destruction doesn’t teach anyone anything except how to remove the past from view. What is left is dust and fragments of a cultural period which will never return and we can’t duplicate even today. How would many of the world’s people feel if someone dropped a bomb on Mecca or on Jerusalem which would destroy all of the cultural and religious artifacts contained in those cities? What about the destruction of the pyramids in Egypt?

These are cultural and world history sites which cannot be replaced, much like the ones from ancient Babylon which were destroyed recently. These are not idols to be worshipped, just cultural icons and sculptures which could be studied today. Yet, they are rubble now.

Your life and mine may not be impacted much by these lost cultural icons, but the world will be different in some aspects. Hate on this scale is infectious and it seems to be spreading in many parts of the world and it has made its way to America too. We are in for a rough ride in the next few years. Pray about your own salvation, read God’s Word and learn the wisdom in it. We, as human beings, are in this together. Different cultures and religions may be separating us along lines which are blurred in some ways and crystal clear in others. Find common ground and work toward it, regardless of your skin color or your religion.

 

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Freedom, self-determination, choices = ?

In our history books, especially the ones taught from today, United States history is entirely different from what really happened. So, how did we get to the point of being a nation which is hated and despised in the world and at home? Why are we hated and despised at home and abroad? Are the people who hate us at home the same as the people who hate us in other countries? Maybe not ethnically or ideologically but philosophically, yes they are.

Our country, America, was founded on principles which come from God’s Word and that is one of the main reasons that many people around the world hate us. Not because we have a capitalist form of living and livelihood, but because of our faith in Jesus mostly. If this country had been founded by people who wanted to create the largest Muslim nation in the world, there would be no problem. It is our faith in God and His Son, Jesus which sets us and our nation at odds with every nation in the world except for Israel.

God ordained their existence and the land that they live in to be theirs and for them to be the people and the culture that they are and have been for about four thousand years! Our country was founded by people who were escaping religious persecution from their country to start a new life in a new country. Yes, there have been people in this country and others who have exploited people, both white and non-white, for different reasons. Some have even used the Bible to justify their actions and make themselves feel better while doing it.

But…America has also been an ideal, an idea that many people aspire toward, a standard to strive for, just as living up to the standard of Jesus’ life is something which most Christians try to live up to. Granted, we can’t live lives that are perfectly sinless but we can strive toward that goal so that  others can see us trying to do it.

Yes, America has stumbled and made some mistakes as a country, Christians stumble and fall too but we all have to get up and keep going…keep trying to do better, be better than our parents were. Is it possible? Yes, as long as we don’t push God completely out of our lives or out of our country!

The ideals that made this country great are not dead and the idea of America being a great country is not dead yet. Just as being a Christian is not an easy task nor a simple one, being an American is a choice as well. Working to make this country and our own lives better is something that we all should and need to do. Seeking the strength that we get from our relationship with Jesus is the way to be a Christian, one that is at least striving to be more like Jesus instead of tearing down the ideal, the idea of Jesus and Who He is.

Get into God’s Word and study it, read it, learn from it, because if we don’t do at least what the early Americans did by using His Wisdom in our lives and in our country’s government, then we might just need to open our borders, disband the military and all of the government offices and just shut down the government entirely. What will we have then? I don’t know, but I wouldn’t want to live here any more.

Living well in spite of slavery that still exists!

Many people seem to desire wealth and lots of it. Mainly because it can get you nearly anything that you desire. Depending on how much your desires cost and how much wealth you have, of course, you can truly have almost anything that is available for sale in the world. The really sad and cruel part of this story is that even today, slavery is still prevalent in the world. I know that many will say that it isn’t in the so-called developed countries, but it is. It is hidden behind facades that disguise it so that it doesn’t look like slavery or it is hidden from view altogether, but it is there.

The sad part about this is that we don’t have to have slavery at all. It wasn’t needed even when it was “popular” in developed nations of over a century ago, but it existed because evil existed in their hearts. I say, evil because not only did they treat people as property, to be bought and sold and used as they saw fit, but they also used and quoted scripture out of context to justify do it.

My title is “Living well because **** “, and I know that slavery has nothing to do with living well, but (there’s that word again) people can change and many countries and cultures which used slaves have changed. Yet, slavery still exists. Today, the slave trade is in children and women and men for sex slaves, which to me is even worse than in previous times. I know about the use of slaves as mistresses, but today’s slaves are used by perverted, cruel people (men mostly) who care nothing for their slaves except for how they can used them and abuse them.

Living well in today’s society means finding these people and exposing them or rescuing the slaves that have been taken, against their will, into this life. They did not want it, but they were placed in bondage and all that we see in the news is that some girl or boy child is missing.

Nobody knows where they went or what happened and for many, there will never be any news about recovery or rescue. Everyone will forget about their story and move on after a week or so and they will be forgotten, even today with all of the ways to communicate. What has happened to our society and the people in it that causes us to forget about people and news that are truly valuable as soon as the news is over?

Why don’t we care about each other in the way that Christ wanted us to? Why can’t we at least try to be like Him in our everyday life? Is life that crappy? Is it really that bad to be like Jesus? Yes, in a world where slavery still exists, life is crappy but living for Jesus and like Him makes a HUGE difference in your life and in the lives of those around you! People will see the change in you and in your character and your work ethic. Everything in your life will be changed for the better because of Him. God loves you and He always has!

The subject of this essay, post, or whatever you want to call it is a subject that people don’t want to talk about. Because it is supposed to be in our past and not present in modern times, but it is! The slavery that is present now is more demeaning and cruel than that of over a century ago. Why? Because it mostly involves children being kidnapped and forced into a life of being sex slaves and they end up addicted to drugs just so they don’t feel or care what is being done to them! Yes, the slavery that was perpetrated in America was a crime against humanity, because we are all made in God‘s image regardless of our skin color. But, what is being done by these perverts is worse because it is being done by grown men mostly with young boys and girls, some as young as eight!

I know that I have been writing upbeat articles about how to live and be successful in life, but this needs to come to the attention of many more people than just someone like me and those who read this. If you will forward this to someone who might bring attention to this outrage before it really gets out of hand in our world.