We seem to want to blame Congress or the president for the condition of our country. Whether it be our moral decline as a nation, or the great debt that is consuming America – have you ever considered the person staring back at you in the mirror may have contributed to our national woes?
I am reminded of two famous quotes. The first, by Edmund Burke, states, “Evil prevails when good men fail to act.” The second is found in the pages of “War and Peace” – “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”
We want to complain and berate our Congress, but our Congress is the reflection of those who are speaking the loudest. Has your voice been heard? Do you take time to vote? Do you contact your elected officials when you object to a bill or want to support one, or do you just voice your opinion?
I remember a quote from President John F. Kennedy that we Americans should never forget. “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” Over the years we have forgotten these words. As I have watched the news and listened to the never-ending campaigns, it seems President Kennedy’s words have been twisted to say, “Ask not what you can do for you country, but what your country can do for you.”
These may seem like harsh words, but if there was ever a time for good men to act, it is now! It’s time for fathers and mothers, grandfathers and grandmothers to stand up and speak on behalf of our country. For the sake of our children and grandchildren, don’t remain silent, but let your voice be heard.
Those of us who follow Jesus Christ should not be influenced by those who would rob us of our religious freedoms or the right to speak by their ploys of intimidation or threats of lawsuits. We need to see our religious liberties as a precious gift from God, not from men, and to stand up for what is righteous.
“All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”