America must remember to pray and serve God

So I don’t usually like getting those mega forward e-mail chain letter yucky things! You know what I’m talking about. It’s got about 3000 e-mail addresses at the top and has about 30 little quips from hotmail/yahoo/aol adds, and it’s usually got some really stupid animated graphics. Now you know what I’m talking about… So with all that complaining fresh in your mind, I’ll say that what I’m about to post is a verbatim copy from an e-mail that I got, and of course the original author isn’t clear due to the way the e-mail chain happened. Without further ado…

When we were in Texarkana last week, there were signs in people’s yards that said, ” America , prayer our only hope” with 2 Chron. 7:14 underneath. We certainly need God’s help!

I have no idea who started this, but I certainly agree with this e-mail. I heard a preacher on TV tonight that said if we will pray for our nation that things will turn around

After a day of contemplation and soul searching, I have decided to reach out to my friends and relatives and ask you to do something that has been troubling me for a long time.

Our nation is/has been on the slippery slope for a long time. If you look around you will find corruption, greed, moral decay, and a steady move away from the things that made us great. The principles upon which this nation was founded are no longer our backbone. However, we can reverse this trend.

2 Chron. 7:14 In God’s word he states,”If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

I am convinced that we must pray for our nation and its leaders and ask for forgiveness. So I ask you to join me in this plea to our Lord.

Would you please send this to people in your address book (send it to all of them); ask them to pray EVERYDAY. (25 to the only the 5th power is 9,765,625 people.) IMAGINE if each person reaches TEN others…or all TWENTY FIVE! If you do and they comply, we will lift up millions and millions of prayers a day to our Creator. He will hear us and in faith will answer.

Let me just add a quote from Ronald Reagan “If we ever forget that we are one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.” I truly believe this is why the United States of America is in the shape we are in today. Most people have forgotten that we are one nation under God! Let us as Christians stand up and remind people of this. ~ Have a blessed day!

So this brought to mind some other scriptures that also indicate the special character of America and the obligation we have as people who live here to worship the God of the land. Ultimately, we won’t enjoy freedom from other nations and prosperity among ourselves if we fail to remember the source of those blessings.

Behold, this is a choice land, and whatsoever nation shall possess it shall be free from bondage, and from captivity, and from all other nations under heaven, if they will but serve the God of the land, who is Jesus Christ, who hath been manifested by the things which we have written.
Ether 2:12

Here’s a link to read more: American must serve Jesus Christ

Excellent video about types of Government

A friend passed along this video that gives a very good 10 minute presentation about the five types of rule (or Government). It follows the spectrum from Monarchy through Oligarchy, Democracy, Republic and finally to Anarchy. Rather than discussing the forms of government or ideals contained in them as “right wing” or “left leaning”, it suggests a continuum that ranges from absolute power (100%) vested with the government to no power (0%) being vested with the government.

What’s even more interesting is the way in which it follows various historical societies and shows that they eventually fall into oligarchy. The republic has been the most prosperous and most likely to ensure freedom for its people when compared to all other forms of government.

It’s chilling to see where we started (and what our founding documents establish as the law of our land), and where we are today. How frightening that we seem to be barreling head long into an oligarchy. The question remains, what will be required to change course and will the American people be willing to make the sacrifices that will be required to achieve it?

Have a look at the video and leave a comment with your thoughts.

America can innovate and thrive without health insurance

I just read an article about flat rate health care that is now being offered in Seattle. Apparently they’re using a model similar to about 50 other clinics around the country and it seems very promising. They suggest that by eliminating the rigid demands for paperwork, contract negotiation and service levels which are imposed by the large insurance companies (such as United Health, Aetna, Cigna, WellPiont, etc. they can actually charge less to their patients and increase their own profits.

I suppose that makes sense when you consider the number of employees and facilities involved in contemporary healthcare that actually do nothing to support the actual medical needs of patients. In actuality, all they do is handle money and take their “fair share” off the top.

The approach of the Seattle clinic is to charge their patients a one time fee of $99 and then some monthly recurring fee that ranges from $39 – $199 or so. For that they get unlimited visits and care. They accept preexisting conditions too.

So why would I write about this on my blog about one Nation under God? I think that it’s important to recognize that God wants his children to be healthy and to have the freedom to exercise their talents. In this country we have enjoyed an explosion of knowledge, education and skill. That has been coupled with an unprecedented growth in technological support to enable new ideas. These are blessings that come to a God fearing Nation and which we observe missing in many nations that have less regard for God.

Wake up America and think up knew ways to prosper and thrive.

China vs. USA -or- American consumption on debt

I read an article today that talked about some Chinese ships harassing a US boat. Most of the article discussed the tension and various reasons that it shouldn’t have happened and what everyone was doing about it… Whew! What that all seems to have come down to right before the last paragraph is that China is pushing on the US to determine how we’ll respond to their agression.

Then I read the last paragraph and got a little sick about the state of our country. Here’s the clip that I read:

While relations between Beijing and Washington are complex, any sense of military competitiveness is dwarfed by America’s need for China to continue buying US debt to fund its huge and growing deficit

Yikes! Do they mean to suggest that if a military conflict ever came up we would be so committed to keeping our standard of living high and our economy going, that we would prefer to maintain our current levels consumption and inflated economic outlook over maintaining our sovereignty?

It made me wonder how much of our Navy or Air Force they own with their billions of dollars of investment in our national debt. Maybe if the day comes that a military contest becomes necessary, China will just show us deed and title to our military and say “hand it over”

Or, we could stop right now and let our system fall before it recovers. At least then our recovery would have freed us from the oppressive burden of debt that we’ve taken on as consumers and as a country.

Obama’s first presidential address to congress…

Tonight is President Obama’s first presidential address to congress tonight. President Obama is still new in the white house, but he seems a bit hurried and urgent in the things that he’s doing. I’m not sure that such haste creates a good environment for clear thinking and sound judgement. The address will be streamed and so you should be able to watch it here:

[address ended]