I've been very busy the last few years with my kids going off to pursue their dreams & goals, helping with my grandkids (I have 6 now), and trying with my wife to figure out our retirement--our golden years as it's often called. Having said all this the most aggravating and even perplexing thing is the political, economic and civil turmoil going on in our own country. We as a country have allowed our political environment to devolve into a cultural bloodsport and we must correct this!
In ancient times the people of Israel had Moses as leader (as well as a kind of national hero), and he filled the spot very well leading Israel through many a crisis and finally to the land that flowed with milk & honey. Here in America we have had our share of heroes too, George Washington, Francis Marion, Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Crispus Attucks and the list goes on. But if you look around these days there is no one stepping up to be our hero--to lead us and remind us of who we are and how the world depends on us. As Americans, we have been immeasurably blessed by G-D and that lays at our feet a responsibility to always be the hope of the rest of the world.
It's my prayer that we can come to our national senses and once again give stability to an otherwise unstable world. We need a hero to remind us of our greatness and the sacrifices that we have already made to make our country (and the world), a better place. Before America, one had to get permission from a monarchy or a dictatorship or a theocracy before they could even marry or make many personal decisions. Before America, countries invaded one another in order to increase their own wealth. It was America that started the practice of investing, true private land ownership and free trade which grew wealth without having to forcefully take or steal that wealth from some one else.
I am not happy that many of the founders had slaves, but it was the time they lived in. How many times have you heard a news story where some one being interviewed talked about how hard it was growing up in their neighborhood, that they had to join a gang because that what everyone did there just to survive? Do we never forgive that person? Do we ostracize them from society and disregard their contributions to the rest of society? Do we shun them even when they tell us that rising up and changing was one of the toughest and greatest things they ever did? We (after fighting a bloody civil war), did eventually do away with slavery in our America--didn't we? We stood up and said enough is enough! Aren't we, You & I deserving of forgiveness for our sins & mistakes that we have repented of? If we cannot forgive then how will our Heavenly Father ever forgive us?
Blessings & Shalom,