Many of us have grown dispirited, unable to understand why so many Americans are willing to be enslaved to government handouts, snooping into our personal affairs, accelerated utility rates in the name of redistribution and unbelievably corrupt politicians who work only for their own greed and not in the best interests of the country.
Especially hard hit by the moral corruption is the African American community, whose suffering has only increased with government "largesse" and "social justice."
The leading cause of death in the African American community is abortion. Indeed the racist Margaret Sanger's dream has become reality, as Black women receive a third of the abortions in this country, aborting almost 2,000 fetuses a day.
And 72% of Black babies are born to unwed mothers, compared to 52% to non-Hispanic White women.
Almost 40% of inmates are Black, who make up less than 13% of the population.
One in six Americans is receiving government "help" in the form of cash handouts.
And Toledo is 3rd highest in the country in sex trafficking, perhaps the center of the trade in the United States.
We have some serious problems in this country; the battles in Washington, D.C., are only reflective of the overall chaos promoted by liberalism in the culture itself.
What we are fighting is not poverty of dollars, but a poverty of spirit, of heart and of God.
It has occurred to many of us to withdraw from politics; some of us have chosen to work toward our ideals through educational ventures, through religious entities and through benevolent services for the poor.
And some have chosen not to work toward fixing this mess at all.
To just close off the world, as if we can somehow ignore not only the facts but the deterioration around us.
I would ask my fellow Christian patriots to take a different path.
And, anyway, a Romney victory might not have been the best answer for what's wrong with this country.
Instead Liberalism is running wild, with rulings on what we can eat or drink, what religious tenets the government will allow us to hold and generally trying to destroy the Judeo Christian foundation upon which this country is built, including rewriting our founding documents.
What can we do?
In my working years when I was often "too busy" to spend much time in prayer, I depended on the elderly folks in my life to pray not only for me, but for the larger issues of our time.
Now as I approach that stage of my life, I finally have begun to understand the importance of prayer, not only personally but societally, especially as the walls close in and the feeling of powerlessness overwhelms even the most optimistic Tea Partier. The Founders called it "eating out our substance."
In a book of modern day slavery called Same Kind of Different as Me, a formerly homeless ex-con named Denver Moore experiences a religious conversion due to the persistent prayers of people God placed in his life. This is a wise book that helps put life and circumstances in perspective.
Like this quote, for example:
“There's somethin I learned when I was homeless: Our limitation is God's opportunity. When you get all the way to the end of your rope and there ain't nothin you can do, that's when God takes over. I remember one time I was hunkered down in the hobo jungle with some folks. We was talkin 'bout life, and this fella was talkin, said, 'People think they're in control, but they ain't. The truth is, that which must befall thee must befall thee. And that which must pass thee by must pass thee by.”
So ultimately we realize we aren't in control. Think of it. We're down to asking God for help, together.
And our limitation is God's opportunity.
Fasting is simply avoiding food for a given period of time; I'm suggesting an occasional Thursday (or any day) from sunup to sundown, like dinner.
The purpose of fasting is not to prove anything to God; He knows our hearts already. The purpose of fasting is to separate from the body; any hunger pang is a reminder to pray. It isn't easy, and it's not because of the hunger. If you do this, you'll find that out.
Meanwhile enjoy Senator Elbert Guillory's rationale for his conversion from Democrat to Republican.
Let's hope he can help clean up the Republican Party, whether in Louisiana or nationally, as we continue to work in our communities toward conservative ideals.