Friday, November 27, 2009

Winners and Losers

My Auburn Tigers played a great game against our arch rivals, the Alabama Elephants. The Tigers' defense looked better than they had all year. We shut down their Heisman Trophy candidate running back, holding him to less than 2 yards per carry. Our offense looked good. Chris Todd become the record holder with 21 touchdown passes for the season. We had more total yards. We just looked better. Alabama was never in the lead.

Until less than two minutes remained in the game. We got tired. We lost our focus. Then Alabama scored to go ahead. And we lost the game.

It was an exciting game. A lot of things went right. But when it came to winning or losing, we lost. But football is just a game, and there is always next year.

Our country is at a crossroads. We have been the most properous and succesful country on Earth because of our freedoms, and our faith in God. Both are under attack. The USA may have played a great game so far, but I am afraid what has kept us in the lead is no longer important to us. Freedom and faith are no longer in our play book. Are we tired? Have we lost our focus? I say we need a Pep Rally to remind us what is really important, because our freedoms, our faith and our future are not "just a game."

Monday, November 23, 2009

Our Constitution in Jeopardy

Please read this blog by Michael Connelly detailing how "healthcare reform" will destroy our freedoms.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Billboards and Life

Through a business arrangement, I met a man whom I think will become a friend. He loves the outdoors, and is a dynamic Christian, speaking to groups across the country. When he learned that I was from Alabama, he mentioned that he had a good friend in Sylacauga, David Pursell. David is an Auburn graduate who owns FarmLinks, a golf resort and grass research facility on Lay Lake. I had never heard of David or FarmLinks.

It is a small world after all (to quote a famous mouse.) Not two weeks after having the conversation about David Pursell, my son-in-law asked me if I have ever heard of FarmLinks? It turns out that David Pursell is going to speak at the ACIPCO Leadership Association meeting in November (where my son-in-law is employed). In addition, on my next trip to Auburn to see the Tigers beat Ole Miss, I see the huge billboard for FarmLinks, that I am sure I have passed many times without every noticing. Then, when I get to the game, I see that FarmLinks advertises on the big screen in the stadium! It is amazing how much of the world just passes me by without ever being realized until there is something that causes me to take notice.

I am afraid that is how so many people are with Jesus. They hear about Him all of their lives, but he becomes just another billboard on the cluttered side of the highway of life. He is often passed by until a "bump in the road" jars them out of their complacence. Little do they know that if they will stay close to Him, He will make the whole journey smoother. Trusting Jesus will not improve your gas mileage, nor will he appear to fix your flat. But He will make your life better.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Veterans Day

I am a veteran. Luckily, during my six years in the US Army, there were no major conflicts in which I was involved. However, almost all of my superiors with whom I served were combat veterans. I give thanks this Veterans Day for their sacrifice, and for all of those who give their very lives so that we can enjoy the freedoms we have today.
Regretfully, I believe that the most imminent threat to our Country today is coming from within, not from without. I believe the greatest threat to our freedoms is the almost total disregard of our Constitution. Every elected official in Washington swears to "uphold the Constitution", but then most do not even give it lip service. It will only be by restoring the Constitution to its rightful place as THE Law of the Land, that we will be able to truly honor those who have fought and died to defend it. I am a Constitutional Conservative. I believe that most of the problems with our government would be solved by a literal interpretation of the tenth amendment (the Federal government only has jurisdiction over those items enumerated in the Constitution.) Hopefully the Supreme Court will stop creating new laws, but rather start enforcing the Constitution.

However, until that happens, I believe the American People must do the following three things to save our country: 1. Pass a Constitutional Amendment to limit members of Congress to two terms. 2. Pass a Constitutional Amendment requiring a balanced budget. 3. Institute the "Fair Tax." See my earlier blog for more on these three topics.