So, in about 6 weeks we'll cast our votes for President.  Obviously, this will probably be one of the most important elections of my adult life.  Logic would have us believe that if we’re in better shape today than we were 4 years ago, then we certainly want to stay on a proven winning path.  And if we’re not doing so well, then it’s probably time for a change. 

More importantly though, is what we’re thinking about the future.  Our future rights as Christians.  Christian Americans.  What do we think about our prospects under the current administration?   Most of the political analysts agree that the President alone doesn’t control all of our freedoms and God given American rights….but they don’t allow us to vote on all of the political offices at once or there would probably be a LOT of available apartments for rent in Washington DC. 

Are we better off?  In my opinion, we’re probably as financially strapped as I can ever remember.  Here in our neck of the woods, Haynesville Shale softened the blow a little, but the price of natural gas has dropped low enough that even those funds are starting to fall well below the intended mark.  But money should never be our sole motivation for anything.  And this election should be no different.  Fear seems to be the most determining factor this time.  The fear of poverty has become reality for far too many hard working Americans.  I fear for our rights to openly worship the one true Jesus who died for us all.  I fear for our rights to bear arms and for the freedom of speech.  I even fear for little things like being able to choose  my own family doctor.  Never before have I ever considered those “inalienable” rights to be under attack, but I truly believe that the very fiber of our America is being tested today more than any other time in this country’s history. 

That leads me to my thoughts of our future.  Stay with the current program or make a change?  Can one person, the President of the US, really change the outcome of an entire country?  Well, maybe the history books can teach us a lesson here as well.  If that “one person” was Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Osama bin Laden or Fidel Castro, then the answer should be obvious.  I’m not telling anyone how to vote…just reminding us all how important it is to vote;  and to vote wisely.  This country’s future could rest squarely on one single vote; YOUR vote.  Course, that’s just how this man sees it.

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