Wednesday, May 09, 2007

living by faith in the truth

"Life is not a problem to be solved; it is an adventure to be lived. That's the nature of it and has been since the beginning when God set the dangerous stage for this high-stakes drama and called the whole world enterprise 'good.' He rigged the world in such a way that it only works when we embrace RISK as the theme of our lives, which is to say, only when we live by FAITH."---John Eldridge, Author

As a principled, Christian conservative, I have faith in the ability of "we the people" to live productive, happy, successful lives without any interference from "Mommy and Daddy Government." The modern liberal does not.

I have faith in the tolerance and goodness of most Americans. We don't need government-imposed quotas or hate speech legislation or multi-culturalism programs in our schools. Such programs only serve to further polarize our culture. The modern liberal has no faith whatsoever in America's inate goodness. They put their faith in freedom-restricting policies of political correctness because of their belief in the basic intolerance and badness of most Americans.

I have faith in the free market. If the government will cut taxes and limit the size and cost of the federal bureaucracy, we will have a booming economy. The modern liberal disagrees. They believe in "progressive" taxation which redistributes wealth in a way that punishes the hardest working, most successful of us. The modern liberal has faith in socialism.

I have faith in the soundness of the U.S. Constitution and the wisdom inherent in the foundational principles of our constitutional republic. If our federal government would limit itself to the powers delegated to it by our Constitution, we would be a safer, more free nation. The modern liberal disagrees. That's why the modern liberal continually tries to reinterpret the Constitution through the court decisions of an out-of-control judiciary, so that we move closer and closer to a thoroughly centralized, socialist government.

I have faith in God, and His Son Jesus Christ. I believe that God is the source of our human freedoms, and that government is created by the people, and empowered by the people, to safeguard those human freedoms. The modern liberal disagrees. The modern liberal has faith in liberalism, or secular humanism. They reject any faith in a "supernatural or authoritarian being." They have faith in the reason of man, so long as that man is a liberal. They believe that government, under the control of like-minded liberals, is the source of all rights and privileges, and that man behaves best when man is controlled by liberal government programs.

In 2008, we the people will have the opportunity to vote for a President, and for Congressmen and Senators. The various candidates will represent one of the above two philosophies. When you step into the voting booth, ask yourself one very simple question:

Which choice will make me more free?


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