TEARS OF GRATITUDE RUN DOWN VETERANS’ FACES! “YOU WILL STAND, YOU WILL LEARN THE WORDS, YOU WILL HONOR AMERICAN VETS WHEN YOU HEAR AMERICA’S NATIONAL ANTHEM. SERVICE MEN & WOMEN STOPPED THEIR JOBS, RELATIONSHIPS, AND EDUCATION TO GIVE YOU THE FREEDOM TO SIT IN THESE CHAIRS ON THE SIDE OF THE BASKETBALL COURT”. VIRGINIA TECH COLLEGE BASKETBALL COACH TELLS HIS PLAYERS, FOLLOWED BY ALL STANDING AS THE NATIONAL ANTHEM PLAYED. HEART MELTING, HONORING, YOU’VE GOT TO SEE
In our changing culture, it often appears that there is less and less of an awareness and respect for the values of our nation and the principles for which it stands upon. One of these is our nation’s National Anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner”. Virginia Tech’s Basketball coach sought to change that. After inviting service men and women, some active duty and some veteran, the coach promptly began to speak to his players about the value and importance of honoring these men and women.
When the team was lined up facing the chairs that they sit in during games, it wasn’t the players who the coach had stand in front of them. No. It was the collection of service members and veterans. Coach Williams then positioned himself between the two lines of individuals, Coach Williams began. “How tall you are and how fast you run, how well you shoot didn’t earn those chairs… I didn’t earn the chairs. He continues “These guys; when they were your age interrupted their life. They paused their education. They changed their career and they gave their life for those chairs to give us the freedom to play this game.”
Is Socialism the Way We Want to Go? A Tale of Two Kings; God’s form of Government or Man’s Form of Government
As it stands, we currently have a Presidential Candidate who is proudly saying, “I am a socialist”. Without the understanding of what Socialism is, we lose the impact of what that means. Socialism is a society where everything comes from government, not God. America works because we are One Nation Under God, not under government. Does it matter if we choose for government to be our god rather than God being our God? By looking in the Bible, we can see clear examples of those who chose not to follow God’s design of leadership, and how it turned out for them.
Samuel was a man that God raised up to lead the nation of Israel. As Samuel began getting older, his sons began leading as well. When his sons did not lead as desired by the Israelites, their leadership was no longer wanted. In fact, 1 Samuel 8:5 in The Message Bible shares the account of how the Israelites responded, “…Here’s what we want you to do: Appoint a king to rule us, just like everybody else.” Does this sound like much of what has been proclaimed throughout America today? Instead of desiring to follow God’s order, God’s ways, people are willingly choosing to follow the ideas of Socialism.
Distraught at the people’s response, Samuel took their request to God in prayer. God responds in 1 Samuel 8:7, “Go ahead and do what they’re asking. They are not rejecting you. They’ve rejected me as their King.”People today say that they want a strong government, but the consequences of a strong government are not desirable. How God responds to Samuel as to what will happen if these desired “kings” are put into place, may shock you. 1 Samuel 8:10-18 details the future events for the Israelites:
“This is the way the kind of king you’re talking about operates. He’ll take your sons and make soldiers of them—chariotry, cavalry, infantry, regimented in battalions and squadrons. He’ll put some to forced labor on his farms, plowing and harvesting, and others to making either weapons of war or chariots in which he can ride in luxury. He’ll put your daughters to work as beauticians and waitresses and cooks. He’ll conscript your best fields, vineyards, and orchards and hand them over to his special friends. He’ll tax your harvests and vintage to support his extensive bureaucracy. Your prize workers and best animals he’ll take for his own use. He’ll lay a tax on your flocks and you’ll end up no better than slaves. The day will come when you will cry in desperation because of this king you so much want for yourselves. But don’t expect God to answer.”
Just because we get what we want, does not necessarily mean that we will like what we get. Understand this; if someone is taxed 100% for their labor, they are a slave. Someone who is demanding that taxes are increased are demanding the percentage of slavery be increased in America. If we allow our leaders to turn our attention away from the Original Intent of how this nation was birthed, and towards how other nations are run, we are allowing our nation to be turned away from God. In these moments, God gave us an answer as to how to respond. Hear the full story about socialism in the past, in the present day, the plans that God has for us, and so much more. Also shared in this segment: oppression, slavery, Communism, Capitalism, taxes, construction, unemployment, Russia, healthcare, education, employment, repentance, and humility. Greg and John shared in this segment.