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)