In today's fast moving culture many people don't take the time to stop and think about what is going on around them, most don't even think about what they are about to do before they do it. In contrast I believe that we should take every thought captive and meditate on why we do what we do before we do it. Without a valid reason actions are a pointless waste of time and since time is one of the most valuable things we have I believe that we should take some time to think about Life because it is important.
So here are my "Thoughts on Life".

"A Wounded America and the Bush Band-aid"

With Gov. Huckabee out of the presidential elections many people are feeling discouraged and beaten. They feel that Huckabee was our only chance at changing our nation for the better and turning it back to the values that our nation was founded upon. Many have already signed a petition saying that they will not vote for Sen. McCain and have vowed to vote their values not what the media tells them to vote. To some this seems like a dark time for the conservative voice in America. We are left without a candidate who holds our values and beliefs and it seems like there is only more bad in the future. However, I would like to voice a different opinion.

America as we know it today has been wounded, it has taken wounds from a anti-christian culture that has damaged both it's foundational values and it's outward functions. By allowing abortion, illegal immigration, and self-centered lifestyles, America has lost much of what once made it a great nation. This was once a place where every life was valuable, we did whatever it took to care for our soldiers in battle, wounded or not. We gave our children the best we had to offer and gave them the best chance possible at living a full and prosperous life. We welcomed people from all over the world to enter our country and become law abiding citizens that benefited the economy and nation as a whole. We used to have friendly relations with all our neighbors and helped them when they were in need, and we cared for others even to the detriment of ourselves. But these values have become increasingly rare and undervalued. America today does not value anymore the inalienable right to life that is given to everyone by their Creator. We no longer ask that everyone living in our country be a citizen and contribute to our society. We are so obsessed with self that we don't notice when our neighbor is hurting and in need. We focus on what we don't have instead of being the nation where we are so thankful for what we have that we create a national holiday to give thanks for our blessings.

America's wound goes deeper than just the surface, many of our core values are now under attack and our foundation is at risk of being overwhelmed. The last eight years have functioned much like a band-aid, they have covered up the wound. President Bush has done a wealth of good in our country, but it has been more on the surface and hasn't dealt with the issues that are fundamental. America's skin looks mostly healed but inside is an infection that is killing us from the inside out. Many people would say that America has never been better, we have the strongest military in the world, we have one of the largest economies and have the most freedoms for our citizens. On the surface all looks well, but a closer look reveals otherwise.

America, once the place where life was valued at all stages is now a place where thousands of babies are murdered everyday. Whereas, we once valued marriage as sacred and between one man and one woman, this fundamental truth is now contested and questioned. As many will tell you America is sick and in need of a healer, and they are right. That healer is God, the healer of hearts and the forgiver of sins. What many Christians don't see is that sometimes you have to cut to heal, sometimes you have to cut away the seemingly healed skin to expose the infection within. Sometimes healing is painful, when Jesus died on the cross it wasn't a pleasant and painless experience. But His pain and death bought our Salvation and healing. Sometimes God uses a bad and immoral leader to cut away the apparently healthy skin so that he can bring in a Godly leader that He can use to heal a nation.

As I stated earlier, many people are feeling discouraged and beaten that Gov. Huckabee has pulled out of the presidential election. But my Bible says that God is in control and that He appoints rulers and authorities and that all things work together for the glory of God. God will bring His plan to pass and sometimes that plan requires that a bad ruler be placed in power to prepare the way for healing and restoration. God is Sovereign and His Word never fails (Isa. 55:11), He has said that if His people will humble themselves and pray then He will heal their land (2 Ch. 7:14). What He doesn't say is how He is going to bring about that healing. We are told to pray and the rest is up to Him.

As the time comes when we are going to remove the "Bush Band-aid" and start the healing process I ask that you join me in praying that God's will be done, even if it means that we experience pain in the process. I believe that my God is bigger than the supreme court and bigger than congress, and I believe that my God will do what He promises even when He doesn't do it my way.

Mike Huckabee Rally in Lubbock, Tx

This morning I went to the Mike Huckabee Rally in Lubbock, Tx with my mom, Jonny and Daniel. The morning started out kind of cold, but warmed up as we listened to music by the Josh Abbott Band and waited for Huck to appear. After about a half hour of music Mike got on stage and played the Bass with the band including a couple of bass solos (which were quite good by the way). After the music Mike delivered yet another heart warming speech to the delight of the crowd (which was very polite and let Mike speak without too many interruptions). After speaking Mike, his wife Janet, Chuck and his wife Gena walked along the front of the crowd shaking hands and signing their autographs. I got to shake Mike and Janet Huckabee's hands and Jonny got to shake Mike, Janet and Chuck's hands. We also got several autographs.

Here are a couple of pictures from the event:
Mike and Janet Huckabee shaking hands after the rally.

People in the crowd during the event.

You can see more pictures from the rally Here on Flickr.
Pictures courtesy of the Russell Family.

Voters Clinic 2008

Tuesday night at 7:00pm VOCL held a Voter's Clinic in the Springtown/Azle area.
The event was held at Real Family Fellowship Church in Azle, Tx and was moderated by Mr. Jon Moffett.
There were twelve candidates at the Clinic including:
Larry Kilgore (U.S. Senate)
Phil King (State Rep.)
Deeia Beck (2nd Court of Appeals)
Barcus "Barc" Hunter (2nd Court of Appeals)
George Conley (Parker County Commissioner Precinct 1)
Barry Bobo (Parker County Commissioner Precinct 1)
Richard Pettigrew (Parker County Commissioner Precinct 1)
Jerry Mitchell (Parker County Commissioner Precinct 1)
Keith Springfield (Parker County Commissioner Precinct 1)
Clint Hall (Parker County Commissioner Precinct 1)
Larry Lippincott (Parker County Tax Assessor/Collector)
Marjorie King (Parker County Tax Assessor/Collector)

All Candidates were given 4 minutes to give a brief speech after which was a question and answer session using questions from the audience asked by a team of our young adults. You can read more about the clinic at the Real Families for Huckabee blog. The VOCL Voter's Clinic was also featured in the Azle News

Pictures from the Clinic:
Phil King answering Questions from the audience.

George Conley and Larry Lippincott talking with attendees after the event.

You can view more pictures from the event on flickr by clicking here.
pictures courtesy of the Russell Family