Well, as I sit here and type, the old is just about gone and the new is just about here and this makes me go into a deep pondering. Now normally I would do my pondering on a tractor, or sitting in a deer stand, or on a bank somewhere fishing, but today I have been pondering behind my keyboard. I am pondering the future and where we have been in the past and I have to ask myself, "Are we there yet?"
Last night I listened to a show on Channel 8 about the fight for Texas independence. During the early 1800's this part of the world was sparsely inhabited, but as the cultures began to mix and mingle they soon realized that being under the thumb of a Spanish king was not fun. They had freedom in their blood. They knew that paying taxes to a guy who tried to control their every move in life was not fun. They knew that paying money to a guy who sent troops after them to collect was not right. They knew that mankind has always strived for a place to be free and operating under a monarchy was not the way to go. The first round of settlers in these parts began to see a new system of government on the northeast coast of America that allowed the people to govern themselves and this idea began to catch on down here. The Mexicans and Spaniards went to war, with Mexico winning it's independence from Spain. Then of course the same issue occurred again between Mexico and the Texians a few years later.
All of this history has made me ask myself, “Are we there yet?” I know this may be a drastic change in my normal routine of writing, but these are my personal thoughts. Are Americans nearing a place where we are tired of being pushed around by “them?” We keep hearing that 'they say" this is good for the people and “they say” this will help our economy and "they say" we have to do this or that to be fair to everyone, but sometimes I get to the point that I am tired of listening to “them!”
Mankind across all nations have always had a deep, deep desire for freedom. In some countries however, the freedom has been stifled for so many generations that the flame has nearly been extinguished and unfortunately I see that same thing happening here in our country. I see second and third generations of our kids and grandkids that have been indoctrinated into a feeling that they need to conform to every whim that comes along, in order to get along with society.
Sin has always been sin and sin will never change. My God is the same yesterday, today and forever and if it was a sin one hundred years ago, it is still a sin today. Regardless of how much governmental intervention, sin will remain sin. I have watched our TV shows and movies that push sin as being norm. I have seen our government and its lawmakers create new laws that tried to stifle God, but then I chuckle when I hear them use the expression "oh God". I see our young people who put on images of Godliness but are then drug into society's grip of going along with the crowd and the parents are right there with them. The second and third generations don't have a chance when mom and dad or grandma or grandpa are doing it so "why can't we?"
Are we there yet? Is this country about to cross a threshold in 2014 that may change the tide? Are the freedom loving people of this country to a place where they have said enough is enough? You see, there is something interesting about my reference of previous conflicts here in these parts. We didn't have one culture or one ethnic background fighting for these freedoms we enjoy. Oh no, we had people from various parts of the world that had moved down here for freedom. Caucasians, Asians, Africans, Mexicans, Spaniards, and the Indians who were already here, all came together for one cause – Freedom!
Are we there yet? Are we at a place where we will begin taking back the things that have been pushed upon us? Will 2014 be our year to begin pulling the lever of freedom again?
I hope so!