Saving Freedom

I’m reading a new book by Jim Demint called Saving Freedom.  I’m about 1/2 way through it, and thus far it’s been very interesting, informative and alarming.   Whether you’re conservative or liberal, young or old, male or female – I’d encourage you to read this book.

Those of you who know me, know  I’m pretty upbeat and positive most of the time.  I don’t have a pessimistic outlook on life because I know that God is in control and will see us through the future.  However, that doesn’t mean the future will always be easy or bright.  We have no promise of God’s blessing in our country.  Blessing comes from obedience, and it’s very clear that we’re moving further and further away from following the principles and commands of Scripture. 

I don’t believe politics will solve our Nation’s problems; the only thing that can save America is Jesus Christ and the principle found in 2 Chron. 7:14.   However, I do believe Christians need to be vitally involved and informed when it comes to the future of our nation.   This means we must be involved in our government and therefore in politics.  While my purpose and passion are based on Matthew 28:19-20, Matthew 22:36-40 and John 10:10, I believe I must become more informed and involved when it comes to the political structure of our country.  I also believe it’s time for us to call on our leaders to make the sacrifices necessary now to preserve any hope of a quality life for our children and their children.  As Senator Demint states on page 90: “….no reasonably informed, thinking American could believe unrestrained government spending would be good for our country.”

Whether you agree with Senator Demint’s views or not, this would be a good read;  it will challenge you to think and consider issues that will affect the freedoms many of us hold dear.

About bjrutledge

BJ & Janet were married in July 1977 They have three grown children who are all married: Jeremy & Whitney Rutledge, Chris & Julie Hurst, and Josh and Hannah Rutledge. They also have four grandsons, and a granddaughter. BJ says perhaps our greatest legacy is even though our kids are PK's, they love Jesus and are all involved in ministry in the local church. BJ has served at churches in Dallas - Bossier City, LA - Houston - and was at Fellowship of the Woodlands (Woodlands Church) in The Woodlands before coming to Grace Fellowship. BJ is the Lead Pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise, TX.
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One Response to Saving Freedom

  1. Tommy Hudson says:

    You are right on the mark, BJ, and I urge you to start writing to them all; from the City to the US Congress. I have learned from experiences over the many years of my life that a “properly” written letter, given cordially with purpose and sound reasoning, will get more results than a “live, sit-down” protest in front of their offices. In most all cases, a conversation in the written form will always received a reply from the official to whom it is sent.
    I would urge you, BJ, to start writing to the ones who represent this district at all levels and then patiently observe the results.
    The “Silent Majority” has been just that – SILENT; and, To the point that the ACLU has a stronger voice in Washington than most religous groups. Why? Well, I notice practically every week that someone is ridiculing a Cross, a statue, a monument, etc. and the ACLU voluntarily picks on their attempt to demolish the artifact and remove any sign of Religious (Christian) content that would/could make the statement that this Country believes in God and should maintain a required morality as defined in the Bible. The Black caucus is stirring because it is spoken of from the pulpits of Black Churches every week. The opposite is true of most White Churches. Should the politics of this Country be spoken from the pulpits to create more religious interest in our Government(s) today? I think so. If God is to be respected as the One in Whom We Trust for this Nation, He should get more attention from the ones We elect to represent those interests. Why not speak of political decisions from the pulpit? The government’s actions affect every aspect of our lives, including how we may worship and where. God has given us the authority- and power – to control our environment and our lives, yet we sit and watch and still say nothing to Capitol Hill (except to gripe about it at the coffee shops).

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