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“Seek First” a Post-Charlottesville Message of Healing and Principles for America

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There are some who want to use race or injustice to justify taking property.  There are also those who want to misuse the political and economic system to take advantage of those who have less access to power.

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Some are looking to destroy various symbols of the past; painful, tragic symbols to be sure. America can learn from the Polish and German experiences, where a death camp like Auschwitz was saved. The death camps were saved, not to honor them, but rather, to serve as a reminder of the horrors of the past that are to be avoided. Picture collage, Pixabay, thoughts ok’d by Rev Donald Tye, L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach.

Economic problems, educational and moral challenges, despair and other factors can be contributing factors that lead people into drug use.

 

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Americans should want to be politically and economically free, and we should stand up for the equal rights of all under the law.

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There are some things that are difficult to legislate, but are entirely in keeping with sound moral values.  There are over 1 million laws in effect in the U.S., so clearly the sheer volume of laws makes most unknowable to the vast majority of citizens or even legal experts.

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There have always been those who’ve used race or other artificial divisions to advance their own misguided agendas. We may be black, white, olive, red, yellow or tan.  But we all breathe the same air, drink the earth’s water, travel similar roads, and bleed the same red blood.

We are members of a given race, social, political, religious or other group. But we all ought to be Americans First. Neighbors first.

America has welcomed people from every background. Yet historically, we must admit that this was founded as a Christian nation. We need the glue of faith to hold a nation together. An amoral or immoral society would not long survive.

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The case, Church of the Holy Trinity v. United States, famously included as part of its ruling the statement that, “add a volume of unofficial declarations to the mass of organic utterances that this is a Christian nation.”

Justice David J. Brewer later wrote the following in a 1905 book titled: The United States: A Christian Nation.

But in what sense can it be called a Christian nation? Not in the sense that Christianity is the established religion or that people are in any matter compelled to support it. On the contrary, the Constitution specifically provides that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Neither is it Christian in the sense that all of its citizens are either in fact or name Christian. On the contrary, all religions have free scope within our borders. Numbers of our people profess other religions, and many reject all. Nor is it Christian in the sense that a profession of Christianity is a condition of holding office or otherwise engaging in public service, or essential to recognition either politically or socially. In fact, the government as a legal organization is independent of all religions. Nevertheless, we constantly speak of this republic as a Christian Nation—in fact, as the leading Christian Nation of the world. This popular use of the term certainly has significance. It is not a mere creation of the imagination. It is not a term of derision but has substantial basis—one which justifies its use.”

What should that Christian tradition tell us?

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Christians did not conquer by the sword.

Rather, Christian faith spread mainly through self-sacrifice and love, that lifted others up instead of putting others down.  This is what leaders like Dr. King, Mother Theresa, Dorothy Day, St. Francis, or countless souls through the ages have exhibited. 

During the Fifth Crusade, Francis traveled to Syria in an attempt to convert the Muslims. During battle, in an attempt to make peace, Francis went directly to the Sultan. The Sultan was so charmed by Francis that he did not kill Francis and his companions and even stated that he would convert to Francis’s religion if not for fear that they would both be murdered for it.” (St. Francis Uptown.)

Peace, justice, mercy, forgiveness, love, a willingness to sacrifice and work for a just cause. These are all necessary elements for a healthy society.

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There is a Time

Ecclesiastes 3:

A Time for Everything

1 There is a time for everything,

    and a season for every activity under the heavens:

2 a time to be born and a time to die,

    a time to plant and a time to uproot,

3 a time to kill and a time to heal,

    a time to tear down and a time to build,

4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,

    a time to mourn and a time to dance,

5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,

    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,

6 a time to search and a time to give up,

    a time to keep and a time to throw away,

7 a time to tear and a time to mend,

    a time to be silent and a time to speak,

8 a time to love and a time to hate,

    a time for war and a time for peace.

What do workers gain from their toil? 10 I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. 12 I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. 13 That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God. 14 I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-14; Bible Hub.)

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Solidarity and subsidiarity – are twin principles of economics and politics that sum up how life could be best lived.

“Subsidiarity is an organizing principle that matters ought to be handled by the smallest, lowest or least centralized competent authority. Political decisions should be taken at a local level if possible, rather than by a central authority. (Wikipedia).

Solidarity is unity (as of a group or class) which produces or is based on unities of interests, objectives, standards, and sympathies. It refers to the ties in a society that bind people together as one. … In simple societies it may be mainly based on kinship and shared values.” (Wikipedia).

Dr. Stephen Covey wrote about our interdependence, and that can be celebrated in the principle of solidarity.

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We don’t need government to stand between people’s ability to directly help each other.  The example of people helping people in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, regardless of race or creed is a fine example of the best of America.

The more local the government, the more accountable it tends to be.

The sacrifice of the founders helped them to break with the long history of political and economic bondage into freedom. Yes, several where slave owners, and they routinely freed their slaves as a way of making amends with the hypocrisy of saying one thing, and doing another.

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Symbols of the past should remind us what we ought to avoid in the present and at what great price freedom is obtained.

Socialism, Communism, and Fascism all have tended to become Totalitarian. They also lead to poverty. China and Russia abandoned their socialist and communist economic roots. But they have stuck with centralized power. Americans should not allow the few to cause us to turn on each other.  There is more that unites Americans than divides us.

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A misunderstanding about world and American history could lead this nation and the planet into endless conflict. Such divisions the powerful in their arrogance would believe is to their benefit. All forms of Slavery and Bondage are rooted in sin.

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All forms of evil are rooted in sin. 

Money isn’t evil in itself, rather Jesus taught the disciples that: “The love of money is the root of all evil.”

Whenever someone loves something more than God and our fellow humans, they fall into a devilish trap.  It is only through heavenly principles that our nation or humanity can possibly resolve the problems that face us collectively.  

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When millionaires and billionaires accept and own manufactured homes, shouldn’t we allow the poor and middle class full legal access to manufactured homes too?” – Rev. Donald Tye, Jr., L. A. “Tony” Kovach.

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When it comes to homes, safe, durable, and affordable shelter should be keys. That’s what manufactured homes offer. Billionaires and millionaires own manufactured homes, love them, so shouldn’t the rest of Americans, be allowed to buy property – or lease on land – an opportunity to place their own manufactured home?

Federal law in fact provides for that, but federal law is not being enforced.

The current and future administrations should follow the law. Manufactured housing’s preemption even allows for technologies emerge because they are based upon performance not proscriptive standards.

Over 40 other nations lead the United States in the percentage of their people who own a home. HUD Secretary, Dr. Ben Carson, has said that the average home owner has $200,000 net worth, while the average renter has only $5,000 net worth. HUD is in charge of manufactured home regulation and enforcement. Dr. Carson needs to take two days to personally see how these homes are built, and to talk to those who benefit from them. That will lead to the fulfillment of the promise of widespread home ownership for millions of people, which is good for society.”

Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all other things will be given to you as well.” (Mt: 6.33) ##

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