Patriot games…

it cannot be denied that America no longer resembles its ideals. it cannot be denied that we have lost our way. it cannot be denied that we are not righteous, but rather we are guilty… undeniably guilty. we can repent. we can carry out justice. we can love one another. we can live humbly. yes we can.

this story is not about a man, but about a people that couldn’t stand by any longer allowing business as usual to run amuck.  i am not a patriot.  i am not an elitist.  i do not support war.  i don’t think passivity is purposeful.  i am not a racist.  i am not a nationalist.  i am not a capitalist.  i am a christian.

to be born in the USA is to be born with a certain set of opportunities.  but to be born in general offers it’s own portion of opportunity.  the choice to do right or wrong.  the opportunity to love or hate.  the option to obey or to revolt.  the decision to live as long as you are afforded or to end it on your terms.  these are the very opportunities that we will be judged on.  when your hands are empty, there is still opportunity to give.  when you have been used, beaten, enslaved and starved you can choose to love those who are in the same place as you, those that have brought this upon you and those that are indifferent to your suffering.  you can choose to love.

Righteous living is not only living within the will of God, as in His plan and direction for your life, but living in the Way of God.  How did our God do His living when He lived on this earth?  His righteousness never brought oppression.  His wealth was never at the cost of another.  His holiness never had an aftertaste of pride and judgment.  When He left this world, He left it a better place because He had lived here.  Can we say the same?  Or do we offer a more marginal explanation of some good works amongst a long list of “power moves”?  We are not righteous.  We are prideful.  We are far from God in our actions and in our thinking.  We are not following Christ.  We are leading the world in a way that seemeth right to man, but in the end it leads to death.

let the kingdom of God be invisible and the most powerful force existing.  and let the governments of this world be mindful, their kingdom is divided and vulnerable.

I pledge allegiance to the Kingdom of God, and put no other kingdoms or kings before it.  I pledge to serve it’s purpose for all of my days.  I commit my life to it’s King and it’s creed.  This life is to love, live, give, and die.  This is my oath and with His grace, Yes i Can.

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