A Time to Return

School attendance began in August for many in the country. Kids and adults now return to school in either August or September, because it’s part of the yearly calendar. But September was the month for returning to school all through my experience growing up. That calendar was ingrained.

For now, let’s consider more than just a return to school. In a much broader sense, let’s consider a return to the God of the Bible, and what this return can mean.

We have a choice: let’s accept what we need to, and change what we can and must.

This is a time to return for America today, to fundamental beliefs and authentic practices of faith. This return is all about a call to Godly principles and obedience to God. That is the central theme of this blog. Often unlike mandatory school or college attendance, this return is optional; it’s a choice of the heart, first. But that choice will or can change a life, a trajectory, and possibly a nation.

I want to state without reservation: this call now is to expressing truth, beliefs in God, love, compassion, and qualities like honor, respect, and discipline. A part of this return is recognizing afresh our fundamental roots of Godly patriotism, personally and as a country.

The overwhelming cries of millions are for truth, real truth. These cries are heard in the aftermath of the receipt of news media, social media, and personally. The reason? It’s simply because we don’t hear or experience much truth anymore. For example, recently I heard our current government national administration state that there is no recession, yet we are dealing with massive inflation (the highest in forty years), unreasonably gas prices, and a weakening economy. I wonder how many of our national government have been to a grocery store lately, or purchased gas for their vehicles.

Further, our southern border crisis is out of control. Illegal drugs, sex trafficking, and crime are on the rise to levels many of us have never witnessed in our lifetimes. The solution is not to defund the police; rather, to defend them. Law and order must replace violence and the needless sacrifice of life.

These factors and many others are giving rise to the many doubts and disbeliefs about the direction our nation is taking. One good friend says, “This is not about right versus left. It is about right versus wrong.” I agree with him.

Recently our Supreme Court overturned the ruling in Roe vs. Wade which, in 1973, legalized abortion. Basically, the court stated this year in the ruling that the issue of abortion was not a choice to be made at a federal level; rather, the abortion issue remains a state choice. Constitutionally, the court is correct in that decision.

Many conservatives rejoiced in this return to the truth of the Constitution. I am one of them.

It’s time to return to fundamental truth. What is the standard of truth? Without one, there is no return and no truth bottom line. I actively promote the standard set in the Bible, beginning with the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20:1-17 (NIV). Note, these are commandments, not suggestions. This is a bottom-line standard of law, justice, order, and life.

The Ten Commandments

1 And God spoke all these words:

2 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

3 “You shall have no other gods before me.

4 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

7 “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not

do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

12 “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.

13 “You shall not murder.

14 “You shall not commit adultery.

15 “You shall not steal.

16 “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

It’s Time to Return. This is the call for us, each and every one of us. A solid beginning of a standard for us, is right here. Let’s start with this as a milestone to which to return as a nation, and individually.

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