Monday, October 21, 2013

Possibly the worst advice ever

"Follow your heart." This has the potential to be the worst advice known to mankind. According to the Prophet Jeremiah, our hearts are "desperately wicked" (Jeremiah 17:9). Most of us don't want to believe this, but God's assessment is from perfect knowledge, and our motives and actions pretty much nail us and prove Him right. 

We can't follow a heart that is like that! It can get worse... 

When we don't recognize God for who He is and worship Him above all things, we lead ourselves into dangerous grounds with our hearts. Notice what happens when a "desperately wicked" heart is given over to its natural course. Notice what following that type heart leads to!

"Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen." (Romans 1:24-25, ESV)

Before we can follow our hearts, we need a new heart. We need what God spoke of through Prophet Ezekiel, when He said, "And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh" (Ezekiel 36:26). Then, that heart needs constant guarding (Proverbs 4:23) and abiding (John 15). Without the new heart, and without the Spirit's constant help, we will epitomize Ecclesiastes 10:2, which says, "A wise man’s heart inclines him to the right, but a fool’s heart to the left."

New heart; surrendered heart; growing, guarded heart: wise.
Stone heart; heart that follows own desires: fool.

I only trust my heart when it agrees with God. Period.

"Follow your heart" may indeed, depending on the condition of the heart, be the worst advice ever given.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

SECOND and FINAL draft of petition

With all due respect to you as an individual and with due regard to your elected office, we the people, the citizens and your constituency, the people of this area and of this nation, enlist your fullest attention and effort toward initiating and affecting immediate change to the benefits and terms of the entire legislative branch of the United States.

In our own Declaration of Independence, it is stated that “Prudence indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes.” Rest assured, the items listed here can in no way be equated with the terms of light and transient. The inherent significance of this is amplified when considered alongside the lot you have been appointed to bear as an advocate for the American people in your current elected position.

Public servant, many of the privileges that you and your elected colleagues in Congress have come to perceive as entitlements have become encumbrances to the American people. Consequently, with all prudence, we unwaveringly seek effective change.

It is our understanding that our American patriarchs desired a government of citizen statesmen, not career politicians. It is time to restore that intention, and to hold it to the depth of regard that it merits.

We the people, as citizens of the United States, in peaceful cohort, request the immediate adoption of the “Congressional Reform Act of 2013,” which should include, in our fair judgment, nothing less than the following...

1.                  Tenure/Pension- Members of Congress are paid while in office and will receive NO further compensation when their terms have ended.
2.                  Participation in Social Security- Members of Congress, past, present, and future, will participate in Social Security. All funds in the Congressional retirement fund will be moved to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds that would have gone into the Congressional retirement fund will flow into the Social Security system, and members of Congress will participate in this system alongside the rest of the American people.
3.                  Retirement Benefits- Members of Congress will purchase their own retirement plans, just as the rest of the American citizens do.
4.                  Pay Raises- Members of Congress will no longer be able to vote for their own pay raises. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 2%.
5.                  Health Care- Health Care for members of Congress will be changed to align with the costs and benefits allotted to the rest of the American people through the Affordable Care Act.
6.                  Law Abiding Responsibilities- Members of Congress must equally abide by all of the laws that they impose upon the American people. To this end, Article I, Section 6 of the Constitution must be amended to allow for any member of Congress to be arrested for just cause, even misdemeanor form, equitable to all other American citizens.
7.                  Term Limits- Members of Congress will not be allowed to serve more than two terms in the House or Senate, whether consecutive or not. Should Congress members serve two terms in either the House or Senate, they may then be allowed to seek election for two terms in the other. No member of Congress shall ever be allowed to serve additional terms by representing a different state or district.
8.                  Lobbying- No former member of Congress shall be allowed to serve in any capacity as a lobbyist once leaving public office, neither in his own district or state or in another district or state, including the national capital, Washington D.C.
9.                  Campaign Funding- No member of Congress can receive campaign funds from outside of his area of constituency, save immediate family. A candidate for the House of Representatives, whether incumbent or not, can only receive campaign funds from persons with legal, abiding residence within that district, which shall be defined as 10 months out of the year. A candidate for the U.S. Senate, whether incumbent or not, can only receive campaign funds from persons with legal abiding residence within his state, which shall be defined as 10 months out of the year.



We, your undersigned constituents, do peacefully command attention to the effective reform of Congress as is outlined above. We submit this in effort to produce results that will greatly benefit all of the citizens of this great country, and to the end of restoring the functions of Congress that are conducive to the restoration of the just practices that our founders intended.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

FIRST DRAFT, SUGGESTED Congressional Reform Act

Friends,

I am totally open for discussion and change. What I am not open to is unpeaceful fellowship. Comment with love and the good of others in mind, and do so as ladies or gentlemen, or refrain from participation.

Here is the congressional reform I suggest "we the People" demand immediately. My plan, upon receive counsel from wise friends is to indeed create a petition, beg for its reproduction among friends, seek signatures (my personal goal will be 5,000 eligible voters) and indeed send said petition to all parties who represent my Congressional District and the State of North Carolina (House Representative Howard Coble and Senators Kay Hagan and Richard Burr, in my case).


A Peaceful Petition Demanding Change
Sirs and madams, with all due respect to you as a person and with all due regard to your elected office, we the people, the citizens, your constituency, the people of this area, and of this nation, demand you work with other like agents and effect immediate, fruitful, peaceful change to the benefits and terms of the entire legislative branch of these United States.
Our own Declaration of Independence wisely warns us that “Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes…” Sirs and madams, your offenses, which have become so commonplace that you call them rights as servants, have become an encumbrance to the American People and demand, with all prudence, immediate and effective change. These Legislative offenses are surely no “light and transient” causes, for the lot of you bear upon the American People hardship with your current service.
Further, as our Declaration of Independence wisely states, it has become the “Right of the People to alter” the course upon which you are woefully operating.
It is our understanding that our American patriarchs desired a government of citizen statesmen, not career politicians. It is time to restore that intention, and to hold it in higher regard than its current establishment apparently does.
We the People, the citizens of these United States, in peaceful cohort demand the immediate adoption of The Congressional Reform Act of 2013, which should include, in our fair judgment, nothing less than the following.
1. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressperson collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they're out of office.
2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security. All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.
3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.
4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 2%.
5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.
6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people, and altar the Constitution (Article I, Section 6) to allow for any Congressperson to be arrested for just cause, even misdemeanor form, equitable to every American Citizen.
7. No Congressperson is allowed to serve more than two terms in the House or the Senate, whether consecutive or not. Should congresspersons serve two terms in one House, they are then allowed two terms in another. No congressperson shall ever be allowed to represent more terms by representing a different district or state.
8. No former Congressperson may be allowed to serve in any capacity as a lobbyist once leaving public office, neither in their own district or state or in another district or state, especially including the national capital, Washington, D.C.
9. No Congressional candidate can receive campaign funds from outside of said candidate’s constituency’s area, save from immediate family. A candidate for the House of Representatives, whether incumbent or not, can only receive campaign funds from persons with legal, abiding residence, which shall be defined as 10 months of the year, within their district. A candidate for the US Senate, whether incumbent or not, can only receive campaign funds from persons with legal, abiding, which shall be defined as 10 months of the year, within their state.
10. All contracts with past and present Congresspersons are void effective 12/31/13. The American people did not make this contract with Congresspersons.


We the undersigned do peacefully demand immediate, effective reform of Congress, that that body may once again become a servant to the American People, rather than a belligerent, mostly useless, ineffective band of privileged politicians.