Saturday, October 27, 2012
Symptoms of a Wasting Disease
As I watched the comments roll in on the subject of government funded welfare I realized that the willingness to accept government assistance was indicative of a fundamentally more destructive epidemic. We are a people that have become more concerned with our personal comfort and safety than we are with protecting our most sacred ideals. We have lost our vision.
Every great nation in history has been founded on ideals. The United States was born in the minds of men long before the Revolutionary War was fought. The actual war was merely the physical manifestation of the convictions held by men intent on securing their freedom. Not only did our fore-bearers put their lives on the line for an ideal, they also scarified their fortunes. They saw past their own finite lives into the future of a nation. They believed that the ideals they held dear were more sacred than their money, their lives and even their families. They understood that men were created to live for something greater than themselves.
Welfare, WIC, SNAP programs, School lunches - they are only symptoms - symptoms of a wasting disease in the souls of men. Men are losing their vision. They are serving themselves before all others. No longer are men willing to stand on principle, regardless of the cost. They cast blame, make excuses and cower in the face of opposition.
The remnant that does retain their vision are marginalized. They are mocked, ridiculed and labeled "Judgmental". Those who choose not to comprise their principles are seen as "unenlightened" and "uneducated". They are viewed as selfish.
Here's the rub - YOU are responsible for your own decisions. Stand or fall - it's all you. Someday, you will have to kneel before your maker. You will have to answer for your life. You won't be able to play the "he made me do it" card, the "it was too hard" excuse or say "I had to deny you, or they were going to kill me". You have to stand - now. You have to live for something bigger than yourself.
Our country is a nation of vision. We have to get past our own circumstances and see the bigger picture. We only have one chance to get it right. Hold the line, people - hold the line.