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What are you afraid of?

What are you afraid of? Is it one or all of the 3 S’s? Spiders? Snakes? Sharks? Is it of being in the dark or of getting lost in the woods or at the mall when you’re shopping with your wife? Is it facing your friends after the New England Patriots lose the AFC Championship game to the Denver Broncos because they went for it on 4th down instead of kicking a field goal? Being stupid and trying to tie the game and not win the game?

Sorry.

Seriously, what are you afraid of? Could it be … oh, I don’t know … speaking your mind (some would call this being truthful) in front of people only to be berated for being a bigot, a racist, a homo-phobe, etc, etc? When did it become a crime or even bad manners to express your opinion? We are allowed to have opinions, aren’t we? And don’t deny it! You do have them! I’ve heard some of you! Talking about things that you believe in, that you hold dear in your heart! Things that you disagree with and worse … things that you agree with! How dare you!

There is a famous quote that we’ve probably all heard. There’s some debate as to its origin so I’ll just call it The Voltairean Principle: “I wholly disapprove of what you say and will defend to the death you’re right to say it”.

            Pretty cool, huh? Do you believe in The Voltairean Principle? I do. No matter how stupid what you say is, you don’t deserve to be punished, ridiculed or harassed for saying it! Educated yes, but not the other three.

Of course, I’m talking about being politically correct. This is something that I hold near and dear to my heart because I believe that “Political Correctness” is the scourge of our time. It is the reason that some presidents who were elected in, say … the past eight years … got elected! It is the reason that abortion is legal in this country because “you can’t tell a woman what to do with her body”. Well, what about a women telling that person who God created and is growing inside her, “You have to die because it would be inconvenient for me to have to raise you just because I had unprotected, premarital sex with whoever it was that got me pregnant.

Again, sorry.

We’ve all done it. We’ve checked the table next to us at the restaurant before we tell the story about what the “black” guy or the “white” guy or “Hispanic” girl or the “oriental couple” did at the … whatever. We don’t want to offend anyone and, don’t get me wrong … that’s a good thing. I don’t recommend using that terminology in “mixed” company either. But, here’s my question: Why can’t we all just be “guys” or “girls” or “couples”? Why do we need to use the additional qualifiers? Even ones like “African American”? This is one that really gets my goat!

What? You can’t ask or say that, you’re white! To that I say, go jump in a lake!

            Where were you born? Was it in the United States, one of its territories or were you the child of someone in the U.S. Military who was on assignment abroad when you came along? Or maybe you came here from somewhere else and became a citizen. If this describes you … and yes, there are other scenarios … then guess what? You are an American! Three of my grandparents were Irish immigrants and the forth was a French-Canadian. I am not an Irish American or a French-Canadian American or a European American. I was born in Boston! I am an American! I can go on and on. But, the point that I’m trying to make is that the more we separate ourselves by embracing the idea that we belong to a certain segment of the population, the more segmented we become! The United States is and always has been a “melting pot” of peoples and cultures. I, for one enjoy learning about the cultures of people from around the world. They make us who we are, uniquely Americans! But, on the flip-side of that same coin, don’t come here and try to change me and make me become a part of your culture. That’s not the way it works. One of the he greatest things about this country of mongrels is that we get to pick what’s best about the cultures that we’re made up of and use it to our advantage. How is that not a win, win benefit of being an American?

A good friend of mine said recently that he believes … and I happen to agree with him … that there may come a time, and not very long from now, when you may have to make a decision whether to stand up for what you believe in and, perhaps face some consequences or, you may be forced to compromise your principles and keep your mouth shut thus, cow-towing to the politically-correct masses. Isaiah 43:2 says, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.”

Now, this next point is important, so pay attention. I do not advocate getting into a shouting match with anyone, especially a crowd of misguided people who could easily beat you into a greasy spot on the sidewalk. 2 Timothy 2: 23-24 says, “Don’t have anything to do with stupid and foolish arguments because you know that they produce quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.” So, walk away. You’re probably not going to change any minds in that kind of an environment anyway, so be humble and remove yourself before you get hurt, physically or otherwise. Titus 3: 10-11 says, “Warn a divisive person once, and then warn him a second time. After that, have nothing to do with him. You may be sure that such a man is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned.”

            Politically Correct. I find the term itself offensive. I mean, what’s the first word that pop’s into your head when you hear the word, politics? Corruption? Deception? Liars? And politicians are the people that we elect to run or country! I have said for years that when a non-politician runs, I’ll vote for him or her. Especially a business person who has enough money that he or she can’t be bought and can put together a cabinet of people that he or she owes no favors to, who may be able to get some good done in Washington for a change! Now, it may sound like I’m advocating a certain candidate, but I’m not. Of the people running … and I can say this because this is an opinion piece … Mike Huckabee is the man I’d vote for. I did before and I’d do it again. But the fact is that he’s not a front-runner and has no chance to win this time around. Maybe he could be someone’s running-mate though. Get him ready to run again in eight years. That would be cool!

Political Correctness is a cancer that’s eating away the flesh of our country. It may not kill the United States, but it has the potential to change her into something unrecognizable not only to us, but to the rest of the world, as well. Of all things, I’m a Christian first, a father next but after that, I’m a patriot. I love this country and I always will. I proudly stand with my brothers most Friday mornings and recite The Pledge of Allegiance. Though I was never in the military, I would, if it came down to it, defend her with my life and I know that most if not all of you who are reading this would as well. We live in and are citizens of the greatest nation ever to exist on the face of the earth, and it’s not because we have the biggest economy or the most advanced military or even the best quarterback in NFL history, Tom Brady. It’s because we are the most God fearing, have the most freedoms, the most generous people of any country and have the right to speak whatever we want to without fear of reprisals! Or at least we used to.

The First Amendment of the United States Constitution prohibits the “making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances.”

It’s time that we took our country back and called the people who would shout us down for expressing our beliefs the bullies that they are.

2 Chronicles 7:14.

 

G.J. Fortier is a member of Ironmen Ministries and of First Baptist Church, Centerville, Georgia. Look for his new novel, Mirrored Man: In the beginning … The Rob Tyler Chronicles, Book 1 available on Amazon Kindle.


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Are you a Christian voter?

By: G J Fortier

           

Which of these is your excuse for not voting in the 2012 election?

“It’s not my responsibility.”
 “I’m not registered.”
 “I don’t have time.”
 “I don’t like any of them.”
 “I don’t vote so I don’t complain.”
 “My vote doesn’t count.”
 “The election doesn’t affect me.”

Elections are not about Me, myself and I! They are about us!

There are approximately 220,000,000 Americans who are eligible to vote in the U.S.
Of those, approximately 182,600,000 claim to be Christian.
That leaves about 37,400,000 non Christians.

22% of Christians voted Democrat. 78% of Christians voted Republican.

61.33% of non Christians voted Democrat. 38.67% of non Christians voted Republican.

In the 2012 election …

President Barak Obama won with 22% (7.25 million) of the Christian vote and 61.33% (57.35 million) of the secular vote for a total of 64.6 million. 51.1% of the votes.

Candidate Mitt Romney lost with 78% (25.75 million) of the Christian vote and 38.67% (33.95 million) of the secular vote for a total of 59.7 million. 47.2% of the votes.

That’s a margin of 3.9%

Only 57.5% of registered voters voted in 2012.

Only 26% of the people who voted in 2012 were Christians!

That’s 32,890,000 Christian votes out of 182,600,000 Christians.

That’s only 18% of Christians!

           

82% of Christians did not vote in 2012!

           

Based on the numbers above, if every eligible voter cast a vote in 2012, this is what the numbers would have looked like:

Obama would have gotten 22% (40.2 million) of the Christian vote and 61.33% (22.9 million) of the secular vote.
28.7% of the votes.

Romney would have gotten 78% (142.4 million) of the Christian vote and 38.67% (14.5 million) of the secular vote.
71.3% of the votes.

That’s a margin of 42.6%

Will you be voting in 2016?

 

Now… for the excuses.

“It’s not my responsibility”

This is acceptable if you’re are not a citizen of the U.S., otherwise … WRONG! If you are a citizen, whether you were born here or you were naturalized, it is not only your right to vote, it is also your civic, moral and Christian responsibility. “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s.” But you can’t simply vote, you must also learn about the candidates and their platforms. How could you possibly cast a vote for anyone if you don’t even know if you agree with them? You must know what your representatives stand for and behind. Simply voting along party lines or even because the candidate claims to be a Christian is not enough. Lots of politicians claim that they are Christians. Just look where they’ve gotten us. Finally, it is your responsibility to cast your vote as an example to others, especially your children and any other young people that you may have some influence with.

 

“I’m not registered”

Really? In today’s world of computers, cell phones and … well, you get the idea. If you don’t know how or where to get registered to vote, just ask the guy (or girl) sitting next to you and if they don’t know, ask the next one. “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” Eventually, you’ll find someone who can instruct you in getting registered … and pulling teeth is not required.

 

“I don’t have time”

Again … really? “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” Elections don’t happen every day. They’re usually held years apart. It’s not like you have to get up every morning and vote on your way to work. During elections, the polls are generally open on a Tuesday for twelve hours. Most of us work between eight and ten hours a day and I understand that some of us work more. Did you know that it’s the law that your employer provide you time off to vote if the only time that you have to do so is during business hours? And suppose your employer has a problem with doing that, personally, I’d start looking for another job. C’mon, guys! If you can carve time out to play that video game, go to the movies or watch Florida get beat again, you have time to vote. It just takes a minimum amount of discipline.

 

“I don’t like any of them”

Okay, I kinda get this one. But this goes back to that getting to know the candidates thing. Are the candidates for the next election ideal? Of course not! And you shouldn’t even expect an ideal candidate! But these people who are running for jobs that effect our everyday lives are simply that … people … just like you and me. They are no better or worse than us. If you’re waiting for that “perfect” candidate that you agree with 100% to come along, guess what … it ain’t gonna happen! And if you have to narrow it down to the candidate that you disagree with the least … do that! “Do not judge, and you will not be judged.”

 

“I don’t vote so I don’t complain”

This was my personal favorite. But what I was really saying was “I don’t care”. I know that apathy isn’t mentioned in the Ten Commandments, but maybe it should be. And if you’re apathetic about hiring the people who we let run our country, what else are you apathetic about? The price of gas? What about groceries? The poor? The economy? Social injustice? War? How can you do as Jesus told us to “love your neighbors as yourself” if you just don’t care?

 

“My vote doesn’t count”

Really? No … Really? You are a child of the almighty God! How can you give yourself so little credit? I know, I know … I’ve heard it too. “Well if you go and vote, then somebody else will go and vote for the other guy and y’all just cancel each other out” Just take another look at the numbers above. If we  Christians vote, we have the numbers to get our candidates elected. Christians outnumber non-Christians almost 5 to 1! How could we possibly lose?

“The election doesn’t affect me.”

If you believe this to be true, then I suggest you watch the evening news, both local and national. There are issues reported there that may not affect you today, but something similar may very well impact your life someday. Taxes, zoning, garbage pick-up, street repair, who runs our schools … you name it. Things related to these and a myriad of others come up and are voted on in every single election. This is not just a call for you to vote in the “big” elections, but to take an interest in issues affecting your every day lives as well.

 

Unless you just don’t care.

 

You must decide.

 

I’m sure that the majority of you reading this are saying to yourselves that you vote … in every election. That you do your part, and that’s great! But remember, you are children of the most high God! You are missionaries! Pastors of a kind! You set the example! It’s not enough for you to simply vote. It is your God given responsibility to use your influence to get others, men and women alike to the polls and vote as well! You are a leader in your corner of the world.

 

You must be the one who makes the difference!

 

“Am I my brother’s (sister’s) keeper?” YES! YOU ARE! Give someone a ride! Set a time to gather together, to meet at the polls … and be vocal about it! We have enough competition on the other side who are doing everything in their power … legal or otherwise … to get his … or rather their candidate elected. We cannot sit on our laurels and feel satisfied that we’ve “done our part” by simply casting our vote!

 

There is a battle raging! Are you a soldier or are you a serf?

 

Put your armor on! – Ephesians 6:10-20

 

G J Fortier is a member of Ironmen Ministries and of First Baptist Church, Centerville, Georgia. Look for his new novel, Mirrored Man: In the beginning … The Rob Tyler Chronicles, Book 1 available on Amazon Kindle.