Wednesday, January 20th, 2010 | Author:

On January 23, 2008, I put up my first blog post.  It was a video of Sugar, our dog, running in the snow to get her frisbee.  She can’t run that fast anymore, and neither can I – but we both would if we could.

With almost two years of blogging under my belt, I’ve been doing a little mental review and digging around in my stats, wondering what the purpose of it all is. Why do I blog?  I think the reason can be found in my favorite subjects.

While I have not restricted my writing to any particular topics, 736 blog posts later an unmistakable theme has emerged.  Based on my categories, I’ve written the most about abuse of power and Christianity. On the surface, that seems like an incongruous mix.

I’ve spent a lot of time pointing out the problems in America today, particularly in American government. These problems won’t be solved by the left or the right, by the republicans or the democrats.

On the flip side, I’ve posted my Christian testimony, the sermons I shared in the church where I grew up, and about a year ago, I started the Word for Wednesday meme (on a separate blog -  last April I incorporated the meme into this blog.)

Abuse of power vs. Christianity.  Right vs wrong.  Good vs. evil.  These polar opposites are why I blog. We can no longer claim, with any pretense of honesty, that we are American Christians.  We must choose who we are:  Are we American patriots – or are we Christians?  Do we serve the state – or God?

I’ve written before about the difficult choices we face, so I won’t repeat myself now.  I would encourage you, though, to check out these posts:

But know that we must face up to the facts.  As difficult as it may be to completely re-think the brainwashing we received in public school about the wonders of America, only a fool can believe that God is pleased with our nation.  And the answer does not lie  in Washington, D.C.  The answer lies in the hearts of people who are willing to admit that America has blown it.  The answer lies in confessing our sins, repenting of our sins, and putting our lives in the hands of Jesus Christ.

And this is why I blog.  My heart’s cry is that the people of America will not perish, but will have everlasting life.

What is the source of quarrels and conflicts among you? Is not the source your pleasures that wage war in your members? You lust and do not have; so you commit murder. You are envious and cannot obtain; so you fight and quarrel. You do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures. You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you think that the Scripture speaks to no purpose: “He jealously desires the Spirit which He has made to dwell in us”? But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, “GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.” Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be miserable and mourn and weep; let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you. (James 4:1-10)

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6 Responses
  1. jon-paul says:

    Absolutely loved you WFW today! Not many folks are able, but you, by using God’s word are always able to reflect and critically think about — get this — how one person CAN do the unbelievable, that is, when God has found favor or needs to use us.

    I feel that your writing has been purposeful and unrelentingly forthright — two qualities that I love when reading your work. We have failed!

    And I agree with you so much…we must daily, hourly, always submit ourselves to the loving hands of God…without us doing this corporately as a Nation or a people of God, there will never be hope. All the more reason to pray, eh?



  2. Jay says:

    Good post, Jean! I have to say though, I am really glad that you did start this blog. It’s been a real blessing to be able to participate in the WFW meme.

    I also wanted to comment on how important I think it is that we take the time to remember why we blog. Too many times blogging becomes about us, when we need to remember that our focus should be about Christ! Thanks for the reminder.

  3. Now how cool is that, Jean? I haven’t done WFW in a long time, but earlier in the week I felt led to post something, and it just so happens that the focus is on humility in both of our posts. It seemed to me that the passage from James 4 was especially important, and so I posted it, also (not as long as yours, tho). Isn’t that so neat?? :D

    Well, I obviously love you post. :D Mine isn’t a long read, but there are some videos there that may take a little while to watch. But they are well worth it! Hope you find the time to look at it. (I left my link with Mr. Linky.)

    Happy WFW!

  4. Oh, Jean, I think that the blogosphere is one of the ways we believers can exhort and stir up one another; your WFW meme especially has blessed me beyond measure. And thanks for once again reminding us of this blessed purpose :)

  5. akagaga says:

    @Jon-Paul As always, you are way too kind. What you call purposeful and unrelentingly forthright, other people call pushy and blunt! But I can only do what’s in my heart. And if the Lord doesn’t agree, He’s proved He can change even my heart.

    @Jay I think it is important to reflect on what we’re doing and why we’re doing it. Most often, I’ve found that when the Lord leads me this way, a sea change is coming. We’ll have to see what happens. :)

    @Herky It’s great to have you back, my friend! I’ve missed your insights … and these times when the Lord is leading us in the same direction. It’s very neat to have that confirmation.

    @Alice Thank you, dear heart. And, as always, you youngins bless me as well.

  6. I absolutely agree! I am reminded of 2 Choronicles 7: 14 “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.” As America continues to spiral downward, God is calling His people to humble themselves and repent. It is always good to be reminded of that. It’s great to see like-minded bloggers out there; thanks for all you do, Jean.

    P.S You post reminds me of a post a did recently: