Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
Attributed-Edmund Burke, British House of Commons
“If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust swarms to eat up all of your crops, or if I send an epidemic among you,
then if my people will humble themselves and pray, and search for me, and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear them from heaven and forgive their sins and heal their land.”
II Chronicles 7:13-14 (TLB)
I shared that quote by Edmund Burke with you before. But taking a look around—beginning at home, our communities, state, nation and out to the countries around the world, it’s clear to me that I need to share it again.
Never has the truth contained there been more applicable than today, and the passing of another day has done nothing to minimize the haunting truth resonating in those words.
I wondered as I posted our American flag this morning if simply hanging our nation’s symbol of all we stand for, and can be in the world, was enough to move me past the point of “doing nothing.” Hanging the flag was, after all, a statement of what I believed. I wonder if just identifying and commenting—or in some cases, criticizing—what should be different in our world, our nation, communities and individual lives was enough. I wonder whether it would be enough, if we all hung our flag. I suspect not.
Think about this for a moment with me.
In the last Presidential election, held in 2012, in the United States of America, approximately 25,000,000 Christians did not vote. Let me share that again—Twenty-five million Christians chose not to vote in a Presidential election in the United States of America! (more…)