Welcome to Ruminations … A place where you’ll find the mental ramblings of a middle-aged Christian conservative.
To set the stage for future episodes, let me tell you a little bit about the rambler:
I am a Christian, first and foremost. I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He is mankind’s only hope. I believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God and is the source of absolute truth. I am a Sunday school teacher, deacon, and occasional songleader in my church.
I am a Husband. I made a commitment to my (opposite-sex) wife 21 years ago and I meant it – “til death do us part”.
I am a Father – no, a Daddy – to four children. I accept the responsibilities of parenting. I love my children dearly – dearly enough to discipline them when necessary. And it does hurt me more than it hurts them. I understand that their perception of their Heavenly Father will be colored by their experiences with their earthly father. I set boundaries for my children and enforce them. My children do not get everything they want – by design.
I am a Conservative – hopefully, a compassionate one. I tend to vote Republican, though have been known to vote Democratic or Tea Party. I vote for individuals who share similar values as mine, regardless of their race, ethnicity, socio-economic condition, party affiliation or other distinguishing characteristic.
I am a Benefactor Member of the NRA. I own guns, carry them regularly (I’m licensed to do so), and shoot them frequently, though I’ve never fired a shot in anger. However, if my family were threatened, I would not hesitate to do so.
I strongly support the Second Amendment, but then, I strongly support all of them – and the entire Constitution of the United States. I believe that it alone should govern every aspect of these United States. I believe that our Founding Fathers knew exactly what they were doing when they wrote it.
I believe that the United States is the greatest nation ever to exist on earth. However, I don’t believe that it is God’s chosen nation. That was once Israel, but her time passed and now God’s chosen people can be found in His church.
I believe in less government, not more. I believe that the Federal government’s powers were intentionally limited in the Constitution to prevent it from becoming a controlling force in the lives of its citizens.
I am a Texan, born and bred, though I’ve lived as a misplaced Texan most of my life. My attitudes, opinions and viewpoints are deeply rooted in the free and independent nature of Texas. I’m proud to have been born in what was once the Republic of Texas – the only state to have been an independent nation before joining the US.
I am a Southerner – by birth, by upbringing, and by attitude. I am not a redneck and am often offended by those who are. My values reflect Southern values and traditions, or at least what they used to be. People work hard and don’t complain. Folks are honest with each other and are responsible for their own actions. We treat others as we would have them treat us. A man’s word is as good as gold. Men open doors for ladies. A boy treats his Mama – and everyone else’s Mama, too – with respect.
I believe that someone who works hard and prospers should be able to keep his wealth and do with it what he pleases. But I also believe that he is obligated to tend to the needs of those around him – not via some government-conceived program for the redistribution of wealth, but out of love and concern for his fellow man and to honor the true Source of that wealth.
I am a stutterer and have dealt with that issue all of my life. I know how it feels to be made fun of, bullied, and left out of the “in” crowd. My heart goes out to anyone who has ever faced similar hardship. By God’s grace alone, I have been successful in spite of that limitation.
I am the parent of a “special” child. I know all about the heartaches that come from having your life’s plans shattered in a heartbeat. But I have also seen how God can use those heartaches to change the world.
I could go on, but that ought to be enough to let you know who’s behind my keyboard.
I hope you’ll stick around, but if you need to go find someone else’s blog to read, now is as good a time as any.