Going Away

Just wanted you all to know that this site, Denim and Roses Blog, is going away.  I have created a new site at https://wordpress.com/view/justanomad1120.wordpress.com .  The site title is Just A Nomad At Heart.  Most, if not all, of my posts from here will be moved to that site eventually.  Hope you follow me there.

God bless!

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But God…..

Two of the most encouraging words we can read in the Bible are “But God”.  Take for example Romans 5:8:  But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  Even before we took our first breath, God demonstrated His love for us by allowing Jesus to take our punishment and pay the penalty for our sin.

How many of us find it so easy to look back on the past and remember the bad stuff?  We see the times we compromised our witness by the sins we committed.  Or how about times when we get blindsided by an event we weren’t expecting, such as the betrayal of a spouse, or the loss of a job, or the loss of a loved one?  Some people spend their life in misery because they look back and remember the bad stuff and don’t remember “BUT GOD”.

Who can look back and recall a marriage on the verge of destruction, BUT GOD helped them reconcile and made their marriage much stronger?

Who can remember sitting in a hospital at the bedside of their child who was at the brink of death due to an unexpected illness, BUT GOD miraculously healed the child?

Who can recall being told, “We’re sorry, but your services are no longer needed here.  We have to let you go”, BUT GOD blessed them with another job?

Granted, God doesn’t answer every person’s prayer for healing, or for employment, or whatever the case may be in the same way or in the same timing as everyone else.  God’s plans for one person is not the same as others.  There are no cookie-cutter answers to every problem.  We can’t spend our life looking back in the past at all the bad stuff without remembering “But God…..”.  If we’re continually focused on our past problems, failures, and disappointments, but don’t remember how God turned those around for us, we will spend our lives living in constant worry of the next trial that comes.  God will not abandon His children.  Whatever comes our way, we can trust that God will once again bring us through.  It may not happen in the timing we want, but we can’t give up on God.  It may be that He’s trying to teach us patience.  Or maybe, He’s trying to teach us contentment.

There’s nothing wrong with remembering those past failures and disappointments as long as we view them in the right context.  Don’t see them so much as failures, but as stepping stones that God used to grow us and take us to a new level in our spiritual maturity.  How disappointing it must be to God if we dwell on all the bad stuff but never remind ourselves of how He helped us get past those disappointments and failures.

NO CHEESE, PLEASE.

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I saw a post in an online forum where someone was starting a Bible study group but they didn’t want to call it “Bible study” so they needed a “catchy” name to call their group.  Why?  Studying the Bible is what you’re doing, right?  Why NOT call it what is really is?  Why try to attach some hip/cool/relevant name to it?  Is the phrase BIBLE STUDY not good enough so you disguise what you’re really doing by giving it a name like The Search (yes, there is an actual Bible study group by that name), The Journey, Celebration, etc.?  The problem I’ve seen with coming up with catchy names for whatever group you’re a part of is that many times they’re pretty cheesy.  The below picture is a great example of cheese.

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There are even congregations that give names to their churches that don’t have the word “church” in it.  Why not?  That’s what you are?  Why try to hide it with some name that sounds like it came from the brain of a humanistic psychology major?

“Oh, we want people to feel welcome and we believe that putting the word “church” in our name or using the words “Bible study” will deter people from coming.” 

No, acting like a self-righteous jerk out in public while wearing a T-shirt with your church name emblazoned on it will deter people from visiting your church.

Why hide what we really are?  We ARE the church and, sadly, churches have gotten sucked into a business strategy where they feel like they have to market their church/Bible study groups in such a way to lure people in.

We have to make it cool!
We have to make it exciting!
We have to make it relevant!
We have to bring more people in!!

Jesus Christ said that HE will build His church.  He didn’t call us to be salesmen to market the church by coming up with catchy mottos or group names in an attempt to draw people in.  Seriously, there really are websites dedicated to teach churches how to “brand” themselves.  The church isn’t a commercial item to be marketed.  It is the BODY OF CHRIST!  He didn’t call us to be hip, or cool, or relevant.  He called us to be DIFFERENT (Remember that Bible verse, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed….” Romans 12:2?).  He also called us to spread the gospel because THAT is what brings people in.  Not our gag-inducing attempts at naming our churches and/or Bible study groups some catchy name that only ends up sounding cheesy.  I like to eat cheese but leave the cheese out of Bible study group/church names, please.

If Jesus Was A Lifeguard

For those who believe that our salvation is of our own free will and not on God’s Sovereign Election (that He chooses some to be saved but not others):

Jesus is a lifeguard who sees a struggling swimmer several hundred yards out from shore.  He climbs down from his lifeguard stand and walks to the edge of the shore.  He calls out to the struggling swimmer, “I’M HERE TO SAVE YOU, BUT YOU HAVE TO SWIM UP TO THE SHORE SO I CAN PULL YOU OUT!!!  COME ON!!  I CAN’T SAVE YOU UNTIL YOU COME TO ME!!”

For those who believe that God Sovereignly chooses those whom He would save and that salvation is NOT dependent upon us making the “right” decision to “choose” Christ:

Jesus is a lifeguard who sees a struggling swimmer several hundred yards out from shore go under for the last time.  He climbs down from his lifeguard stand, swims out to where he last saw them and dives down to the bottom and grabs the lifeless body of the swimmer, drags them back to shore, and performs CPR, breathing life back into their body.

I’m so thankful that my “Lifeguard” is the second one.  He did all the work and I didn’t have to do anything to be saved.  He came to me.  He didn’t stand by and wait for me to come to Him.

 

“I Will Build My Church”

“….I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” Matthew 16:18

We’ve all seen them.  Churches that could easily cover at least 1 or 2 square blocks.  Churches that require traffic detail to help people get into the parking lot, and that have shuttle vans (or BUSES) to get those people from the far reaches of their parking lot to the front door.  Churches that have more planned activities than your typical community center.  Churches that, if one of the thousands of church members were to run into the pastor in their local Wal-Mart, he wouldn’t know who they were.

My husband asked a question last night.  It was something like, “What does it really mean that Jesus will build his church?”  Then he made the contrast between our tiny church with about 15 members and those churches that are considered the charismatic, Word of Faith churches that have several hundred members.  If Jesus is building His church, why do we have so little in attendance while the WOF churches have so many?

I think the first thing we need to understand is that when Jesus is speaking about the church, He’s referring to the universal, invisible church as a whole, not just one local church in a small town in Alabama.

Next, we need to understand WHO the church is comprised of.  The universal, invisible church are those who are the Elect.  That’s just a fancy theological phrase used to describe those who are saved.  You can have a church of 1500 people and 80% of them profess to be Christian, but in reality, that number may be less than that because the church either has a skewed view of what the gospel is, or the people themselves may not know what it truly means to be a Christian.  When you look at these bigger churches, you have to wonder:  How ARE they getting all these people into their church?

I think many pastors are so hung up on numbers that they would do just about anything to bring people in and add their names to the church membership roll because they think that it is THEIR job to grow the church.  In fact, it seems to have become somewhat of a competition to see who can get the largest number of people to come.  They put out ads and send out flyers touting the next big promotion all in the effort to lure people in just so they can say, “Look at us!!  Look at what WE did!!”  Even though they may say, “Look at what God did”, in reality, God probably had not one thing to do with it because He doesn’t NEED gimmicks and promotions.  He uses the GOSPEL to grow His church.

We have to understand how it is that people are saved.  Salvation is a work of the Holy Spirit.  It is the Holy Spirit that opens the eyes, mind, and heart of a lost person to the reality of their sinfulness and that it is Christ and Him ALONE that saves.  But, then, we have to have the understanding of how this work comes about.  Romans 10:9-15 explains it this way:

“If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. 13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”

Jesus WILL grow His church and He does it through the preaching of the gospel.  It’s not through entertainment.  It’s not through activities or events or gimmicks.  People may say, “But we need to get them through the door so they can hear the gospel.”  Okay.  But when churches place the emphasis on the activities and the entertainment, more times than not, most people who came for those events end up leaving because they aren’t interested in the gospel.  They came for the gimmicks and that’s what it would take to keep them there.  And even then, it’s very questionable that some of these churches even know what the true gospel is.  I can think of a rather large church in Houston, TX, where the “pastor” there has NO CLUE what the gospel is, yet his church at or near capacity each week.

While other churches are constructing bigger buildings to hold all the people they’re luring in through promotions and gimmicks, it seems that many of the churches that focus mainly on the truth of the gospel tend to be much smaller.  And that makes you wonder:  just what ARE people attending church for?  The events, activities, and programs?  Or, for hearing God’s truth to help them in their growth and maturity as a Christian?  Put it out there to someone.  Give them a choice.  Present them with Church A that has a Family Life Center that allows them to play sports, has a large youth complex with games and TV, and an area offering coffee and donuts, but the preaching is sub-par and man-centered, and the pastor’s doctrine is sketchy, or Church B that has no specialized groups segregated by age or gender, no fancy Family Life Center where the young and young-at-heart can play sports, and no hip-looking area where the attendees can sip coffee and chat before services, but the preaching is Christ-centered and the pastor’s doctrine is biblically sound.  You will be able to tell a lot about a person’s spirituality by the choice they make.  God doesn’t call people to salvation through their need for entertainment.  He calls them to salvation through the preaching of the gospel.

One last thing.  The Bible says “Enter by the narrow gate.  For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those that enter by it are many.  For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few” Matthew 7:13-14.  A bigger church doesn’t equate to a gospel-centered church.  A place that calls itself a “church” doesn’t necessarily mean it is a part of THE CHURCH that Jesus said He would build.  They may THINK they are, but as I told my husband last night, many of these folks will wake up in eternity and find out otherwise when Jesus says, “Depart from me for I never knew you.”

 

 

The Savior Is Waiting??

Time after time, He has waited before
And now He is waiting again.
To see if you’re willing to open the door
Oh, how He wants to come in.

Growing up in the typical Southern Baptist Church, one of the popular “altar call” songs is The Savior Is Waiting.  Yep, nothing like the slow, emotional song that gives people the picture that Jesus is standing by with a sad, puppy dog look on his face for the umpteenth time just waiting for you to answer His pleading for you to accept Him as your Lord and Savior.  This song is the epitome of “easy-believism, free will” salvation.  It makes Jesus out to be a beggar.  “Jesus wants to save you.  He’s waiting in anticipation for you to accept Him and ask Him into your heart,” many pastors say.  Hmmmm…..what’s the problem?  Is our stubborn will just too much for Jesus to handle?

If you’ll take one step towards the Savior, my friend
You’ll find His arms open wide.
Receive Him and all of your darkness will end
Within your heart He’ll abide.

This verse puts the outcome of a person’s salvation into their hands as noted by the first line:  “If you’ll take one step towards the Savior”.  This is basing a person’s salvation on something THEY have to do, not on what Christ has ALREADY done on the cross.  What kind of Savior can’t save us unless we do the work ourselves?  That’s like a lifeguard standing by the pool and yelling to a dead corpse at the bottom of a pool to swim up to the side so he can pull him out:  “I can save you but you have to swim up here so I can pull you out!!!”  No, a lifeguard goes in and pulls the dead person up, performs CPR, and brings that person to life.  If they could swim, they wouldn’t need a lifeguard.

“So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy.” Romans 9:16

Any effort done by us is the result of God acting FIRST!  We cannot respond until God has regenerated us (made us alive) and given us the faith to believe.  Regeneration is just another word for being “born again”.  Pastors give people the impression that if they repeat some rote prayer, that Jesus will save them.  There are innumerable false converts in churches the world over who think they’ve been saved because they repeated a prayer when in actuality their heart hasn’t been changed.  They’re basing their salvation on something THEY did but the Holy Spirit has done nothing to change them.

The God of the Bible has chosen BEFORE the foundation of the world whom He would save (Ephesians 1:4).  The God of the Bible doesn’t WAIT to see who would be saved, He has predestined those whom He will save and that includes WHEN and WHERE they will be saved.  God has declared the end from the beginning and that what He has declared WILL come to pass (Isaiah 46:10).

I used to sing that song with passion and emotion until I learned that God knows who His sheep are and that His sheep WILL be saved at HIS appointed time and not a moment too soon.  Salvation rests in the finished work of Christ and not on us saying a prayer or walking an aisle or anything else.  It’s all Christ.  We contribute nothing to our salvation but the sin that caused Jesus to go to the cross.

 

 

 

Seek God First

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31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

These verses are important because they tell us that as God’s children, He knows our needs AND He will make sure we have those needs:  food, clothing, and all the other necessities that we require to live.  The birds of the air and the lilies of the field are all taken care of, and if God takes care of them, He will surely take care of us.  As one who knows what it’s like to be single and lose not one, but two jobs within a year and a half, it’s scary because all you can think about is “how am I going to pay for these things?”  It’s so easy to be anxious and afraid because we always look to ourselves for our provisions because we can’t see 1 second into the future.  Life can change for better or for worse in 1 second.

But, God brought me through all that and it’s taught me that He will take care of us.  The Bible PROMISES that.  And it also promises that God is FAITHFUL.  It doesn’t matter how faithful we are to Him, God keeps His promises to us.

Our life is in His hands.  And while we may go through times that it seems like He’s abandoned us, He hasn’t.  We may go through job losses, not as punishment or retaliation for something we’ve done, but because He wants us to learn to be dependent up Him instead of ourselves.  Or, it could be that He wants to put us in some place better and that He wants us to learn patience while we wait for that new and better opportunity.  Or, He could be teaching us to be content with less.

The important thing to remember in this is, we must continue to seek God’s kingdom and His righteousness FIRST over everything else and He will give us what we NEED.  And it’s important to make the distinction between NEED and WANT.  You may think you NEED a 3,000 square foot house, but God only gives you a 950 square foot apartment.  Your NEED is actually a WANT.  You may think you NEED a 700 hp Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, but God only gives you a Ford Fiesta.  Your NEED is actually a WANT.

The anxiety we face in times of uncertainty is due to the knowledge that our life is not in our control.  It doesn’t matter how many resumés we put out there, we have no control over who will hire us.  It doesn’t matter how hard we work to stay on top of our game, we could still lose our jobs.  The ultimate control of our lives is in God’s hands.  When we keep our focus on God and His righteousness, He teaches us to be patient; He teaches us to be dependent upon Him; and, He teaches us to be CONTENT with what we have no matter how little or much it is.  Because, at the end of it all, all of this stuff we have now will be destroyed anyway and all we’ll have left is our relationship with Christ.

 

 

 

GOD’S GOT THIS!

There’s a popular saying that I’ve heard/read that people say whenever they’re faced with a trial or obstacle in their life and that is “God’s got this!!”  They put every ounce of trust that God will get them through the next job interview or through the next bout of cancer or whatever it is they’re going through.  They have confidence that God will bring them through with flying colors.

But, when it comes to salvation, many pastors and churches think that God needs a little bit of help.  God says in Isaiah 55:10-11:

“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven
and do not return there, but water the earth,
making it bring forth and sprout,
giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”

It seems that we think the burden of the salvation of others fall upon us.  We can BE burdened over the spiritual condition of others, which would compel us to pray for them, but it has never been our duty to save them.  Pastors, it’s not your job to save anyone.  Your job is to preach the gospel without compromise.  That’s it.  Quit stressing over the fact that people aren’t walking the aisles of your church, or repeating a rote Sinner’s Prayer, which by the way doesn’t save anyone, or getting X number of baptisms each year.  Your only task is to preach the true gospel, and if you’re doing that, you’re doing right.  Also, stop trying to come up with gimmicks and programs that only do nothing but bring in the “goats”.  If you bring in “goats” with entertainment, it’s entertainment that will have to keep them there because the gospel sure won’t do it.  They don’t want to hear it.  Sadly, a lot of churches are filled with “goats” who were drawn in by “fun activities” and as long as those activities are taking place, they’ll keep coming, but they will never be saved through the preaching because, well, they are goats.  Goats won’t become sheep, and sheep won’t become goats.

God knows who His sheep are and He has predestined when and where they will be saved, and He WILL accomplish what He has decreed.  God really doesn’t NEED us to do His job, but He allows us to take part by DOING our part in being faithful in prayer and in faithfully giving the message to those who will hear it.  By doing so, we get to see God’s power at work in people’s lives.  I Corinthians 3:6-7, Paul says:

“I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the growth.  So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.”

So, in essence, all of the efforts apart from preaching the true gospel mean nothing.  Paul planted the seed by starting the church in Corinth, Apollos came behind him after Paul continued on his missionary journey and kept giving the gospel, but it was God who caused the growth in the church through the faithful and continuous preaching of the gospel.

It was God who Created the universe.  Nothing is too hard for Him.  If He can speak everything into existence, the salvation of mankind is not a problem at all for Him.  If you can trust God to get you through your trials and sufferings, shouldn’t you trust God with salvation?  I mean, it was HIS plan from the beginning to bring salvation, I think He can accomplish that plan.  So, don’t stress over why your church is not seeing a great number of baptisms.  If you are true to the gospel, you are on the right track.

GOD’S GOT THIS!

Don’t Fear Failure

Don’t fear failure.

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I’m not talking about failure to accomplish some goal you’ve set for yourself. I’m not talking about fear to live up to someone else’s expectations….or even your own. The failure I’m referring to is the failure to live up to God’s law or His standard.  All of us at some time in our lives have looked at our sins and faults and thought, “Man, I really messed up this time. How can God love me after everything I’ve done now?”

Through the centuries, mankind has lived with the belief that becoming a Christian means we have to live perfectly without sin. That keeping the Ten Commandments was required or we would lose our salvation or that we were never saved at all. Salvation has never been about what we accomplish, but rather, it is about what Christ accomplished when He went to the cross, died, was buried, and then was resurrected.

Now, I’m not saying that we can’t be sorrowful over the sins we commit.  When we do sin, as Christians, it’s supposed to grieve us.  It grieves the Holy Spirit, so because the Holy Spirit dwells in us as believers, it, too, should cause us to grieve when we sin.  And people grieve differently.  C. H. Spurgeon, the great Baptist preacher from England, battled depression through most of his life, mostly over sin in his life.  Others may just deal with grief over their sin privately and no one notices.

When I say “don’t fear failure”, I’m saying that when we sin, we shouldn’t be fearful that our sin will change our standing with God one iota.  God KNEW we would sin.  God KNEW that we will continually fail even after our conversion experience.  That is exactly why it required Jesus to die on the cross for our sin.  Christ had our sins, past, present, and future, placed upon Himself, and when He cried “It is finished” from the cross, He was saying that all of those sins were paid in full.  The word “tetelestai” is a Greek word that means “to fulfill or to bring to completion”.  It was a banking term that was used when someone came and paid the remaining balance of a loan.  The loan was declared “tetelestai” or “Paid in Full”.  The loan was now completed.  Because of our sin, we had an outstanding debt that we could never, ever pay.  Christ, in His perfection, was the Ultimate Passover Lamb.  It took His sacrifice to pay that debt completely.  Our debt to God was paid in full.

So, when we sin, we should not fear that those sins have any adverse effect on our standing with God.  When Christ paid for our sins, we were declared “not guilty”.  While it’s true that our sins do cause a sense of distance between us and God, at no time will those sins revoke our salvation.

As Christians, we should not fear God’s wrath for it was Christ who bore the fury of God’s wrath on our behalf when He died on the cross.  Those who do not have Christ have no protection from God’s wrath.

Because God knows we’ll fail Him over and over again, He took it upon Himself to remedy that situation through Christ’s righteousness.  In exchange for our sin, Christ imputed His righteousness upon us.  So, even though we still sin, it’s not our sin that God sees, but Christ’s righteousness because His blood has covered over those sins.  He has cast our sins as far as the east is from the west, and into the sea of forgetfulness to remember them no more.

So, while we may sit around and mourn over our failures and believe that those sins have somehow changed our “not guilty” into “guilty”, God wants us to not look at our failures, but look at Christ because it was HIS accomplishment that SECURES our salvation.  No amount of sin can nor will reverse that.  God doesn’t want us to wallow in self-pity.  He wants us to get back on our feet and live in the “joy of our salvation” because our salvation doesn’t depend upon our feeble attempts.  Our salvation is secured in Christ’s work and His work alone.

 

Let’s Talk About Laws

For what seems like half a decade, our daily news has been flooded with news of mass shootings and terrorist attacks.  Our local channels almost without fail will start their news cast with the latest homicides in the city.  It’s to the point of absurdity.  Of course, there is a reason WHY they do this.  They are trying to push us to the point to where we say that we need to get rid of guns.  They push these stories out to the point that we are exhausted of hearing about it so the only logical thing we can do is make laws banning guns.  The weapon of choice for the anti-gun control crowd is the AR-15.  The media calls this an assault rifle.  By the way, “AR” does not stand for assault rifle.  The official name is ArmaLite, so that is where the AR comes from.  Oh, and on a side note, I’ve heard some anti-gun people call the AR-15, and AK-15…..sorry, but if you’re going to be “anti” anything, you might want to be familiar with what you’re against.  Just sayin’.

First of all, we have laws pertaining to the buying and selling of guns.  We have background checks in place.  We have cities and states that have passed some of the strictest gun laws in the country.  But guess what?  CRIMINALS DON’T OBEY THE LAW!  And, I’m not even sure if the government is enforcing the current laws.  A lot of our elected officials, it seems, have a problem with following the law themselves, so what makes us think that they have any desire to uphold the laws in place for the buying and selling of guns?  I mean, look at Chicago.  They boast of having the strictest gun laws but, yet, their homicide rate is ridiculously high.  So, tell me.  How are those laws working out for them??

So, here is the point of my post.  The purpose of “laws” are to tell people what is right and what is wrong.  What behaviors are acceptable and what are not.  Let’s look at the Ten Commandments (the Mosaic LAW), shall we.  How many of us perfectly keep all Ten Commandments?  Be honest.  NONE of us can keep every single one of them.  There are Christians who take the LORD’s name in vain.  I’ve heard it.  We’ve all lied at some point in our life.  We’ve all experienced envy over something someone else has, or committed adultery (remember just lusting about someone else in your mind is adultery).  And none of us keeps our civil laws perfectly either.  Any Christian reading this ever got a speeding ticket?  What about recording a pirated copy of a movie or song even though the law states that to do so is a federal crime?  So, if none of us can keep the Ten Commandments perfectly, and none of us follow our civil laws perfectly, what makes you think that every single person is going to follow new gun laws??  Like I said earlier, the law is there to tell us what is right and wrong.  But the law CANNOT force us to obey the law.  I know this because my house is on a one-way street and at 4:30 in the morning, there is no one else driving on my road, so one morning, to keep from having to go the long way around to get to where I was going (work), I drove down my street going the wrong way because I knew there would be no one else who was going to be on that street that early in the morning.  Well, guess what?  That morning there just happened to be a police car sitting in the church parking lot around the corner from my house at 4:30 AM and he gave me a ticket.  Even though there’s signs on either end of my road that says “One Way Street”, those signs did not keep me from driving the wrong way on my street.  Know what keeps me from driving the wrong way on my street now?  A $288 ticket!!  I suffered the consequences of my actions and that is what keeps me going in the right direction now.  I just wish Mr. Po-Po is there when everyone else drives the wrong way on my street…..in the afternoons…..in broad daylight.  But, no, he was there at 4:30 in the morning when no one else is driving that road.

Back to my point……laws can’t force people to obey.  You can scream about needing more laws all day long but those new laws won’t suddenly make people righteous and law-abiding citizens.  If people aren’t obeying the laws we have now, they’re not going to suddenly obey the new ones.  What needs to happen is for our officials to ENFORCE the laws we have now!!  And when someone gets caught breaking said laws, make them pay the consequences.  I could get on a tangent about our justice system but that’s a whole other can of worms for another day.

We need to use common sense about this.  The law has no power in and of itself.  The power comes from the ones making the laws when they enforce them.  And right now, they’re not doing a very good job of enforcing the laws we have now.  Not trying to be a conspiracy theorist or anything, but my guess is the government doesn’t WANT to enforce them so that they can persuade us, the people, that what we have now isn’t working.  Well, of course, they aren’t working because the government isn’t doing THEIR job in enforcing them.  It’s time to wake up and make our elected officials do their job and enforce the current laws we have now.  More restrictions just make it harder for the normal, law-abiding people to obtain guns.  These laws that our government wants to make are supposed to target the criminals, but I believe they are wanting to make it harder for the rest of us.  To paraphrase a quote I saw the other day, “The answer to stopping crazy people with guns are sane people with better aim.”

Stop being afraid of guns.  Be afraid of a government who wants to take away your right to defend yourself because if they take one right away, they will start chipping away at other rights.  Anything can be used as a weapon:  baseball bats, kitchen knives, an axe, speeding cars, a truck full of fertilizer.  But they’re targeting guns because a group of patriotic citizens with guns are enemies of a government who wants to become totalitarian.  If you don’t like guns.  That’s fine.  That’s your right.  If you choose to defend yourself with a can of mace or pepper spray, you have every right to do so.  But for those who want to defend themselves with a gun, and they prefer an AR-15, that is a right that should NOT be taken away.