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Where are we at now?

Posted in Culture, Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 1, 2009 by rylanreed

I thought this was thought provoking and an interesting read. Not sure who wrote it, as I received it in an email and can’t find the original source. It does seem true with what has happened with other countries in different centuries and how we have somewhat followed this pattern pretty close to the exact line of what it says for the sequence. I am definitely blessed to be living in such a great country as America, but there are just some things that we are doing right now that is pretty much killing us economically and spiritually.  How far have we fallen? That is the question that  I want to ask, and why has so many people forgotten where we came from and what our constitution is grounded upon?  We all need to shape up, or we will get shipped out, to places I’m sure we don’t want to be.  Here are a few other guys posts on the subject.

How Long Do We Have?

About the time our original thirteen states adopted their new constitution in 1787, Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years earlier:

“A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always vote for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.”

“The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, those nations always progressed through the following sequence:

1. From bondage to spiritual faith;

2. From spiritual faith to great courage;

3. From courage to liberty;

4. From liberty to abundance;

5. From abundance to complacency;

6. From complacency to apathy;

7. From apathy to dependence;

8. From dependence back into bondage”

Professor Joseph Olson of Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota, points out some interesting facts concerning the 2000 Presidential election:  Population of counties won by: Gore: 127 million; Bush: 143 million–Square miles of land won by: Gore: 580,000; Bush: 2,427,000–States won by: Gore: 19; Bush: 29–Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by: Gore: 13.2; Bush: 2.1

Professor Olson adds: “In aggregate, the map of the territory Bush won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of this great country. Gore’s territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in government-owned tenements and living off various forms of government welfare…”

Olson believes the United States is now somewhere between the “complacency and apathy” phase of Professor Tyler’s definition of democracy, with some forty percent of the nation’s population already having reached the “governmental dependency” phase.

If Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to twenty million criminal invaders called illegals and they vote, then goodbye to the USA in fewer than five years.

realize just how much is at stake, apathy is the greatest danger to our freedom.

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Summer Project time!

Posted in South Africa Stint with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 10, 2009 by rylanreed

There were two summer projects that came to my side of South Africa, meaning Pretoria and JoBurg.  If you don’t know what a summer project is; it’s a time frame of one month to three months in which students from all around the country that are involved in Campus Crusade get to spend a summer either over seas (which is the one month) or Stateside (which is the three months).  Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to work with the group that came to Pretoria, from the GPI Region of Crusade, which is where I am from. I did get to share with them and my co-STINTer Stacey, about the culture that is here in South Africa. Just to tell you, it’s a lot like the South in America, people calling themselves “Christians” but not really living their lives for Christ.

I was able to have the privilege of staffing the JoBurg summer project, with the four other STINTers that work along side me here in Pretoria/JoBurg. The summer project ran from the 15th of July to the 15th of August, and was a really great change up to our schedule as STINTers.  11 students from the Southwest region of America, mostly California, but some were from other states; Indiana, Montana, Texas. We worked on Kings-way campus, the University of Johannesburg’s main campus, half of the month and then traded off with the other half in community service work.

There were three guys that came on project; Nathan, Travis and Tom, whom I was able to disciple from the four and a half weeks they were in South Africa. It was a privilege to be able to spend time with each guy, and hangout with all of them when there was not much to do. It was great to see each of them grow in their own way, learning from mistakes and sin, but also teaching those around them.  I definitely learned a lot from each of them as I am sure that they learned some from me.

There were a could of activities that we tried to do on campus. Both were successful, but one more the way that we thought it would have gone. We decided to do a Soularium outreach (54 pictures or so depicting certain areas of life, using questions and pictures to see where students are at spiritually) one of the days on campus, but not in the simple way of sitting down and going through it with some students. We played out a couple of the pictures and had some taped on boards that were set on a couple of tables, so students could take the survey as quick as they wanted to.  The summer project students really enjoyed the outreach and performing some of the pictures. We had a great turnout with the students that came up and filled out the survey; and really helped increase in the students that came to the weekly meetings.

The other big activity we did involved a movie and big screen, or so we thought. On campus at UJ, there is a big screen TV on the green space right outside of the student center. We figured and planned to play Amazing Grace and give out free hot chocolate one night, and after the movie have a little talk and comment cards for the students there, Up to the day we were going to show the movie on, we thought things were set and ready to go. That day, we figured out that there was something that didn’t happen, and so instead of showing the movie like we wanted to, we decided to just play some pickup games and get to know the students that came. Over all that night we better than we thought it could have and definitely built up a rapport with us and the students.

As the STINT team has realized over the past few months, South Africa and Africa as a whole is very much more relational than in the states. As I conversed with the three guys on project, I started to see them even leaning to share the gospel in a rationalistic kind of way, which I was all for. It was good to see the guys fit into what they felt comfortable doing, not to say that being out of your comfort is bad because that is when God stretches you and builds your character, but their hearts really showed during the times of interaction with some of the students.

It was definitely an enjoyable month!

Jesus was a Rebel

Posted in Culture, following Jesus, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 25, 2009 by rylanreed

Rebelling against the rules doesn’t mean that you’re free. You’re still a slave to sin. REAL freedom is knowing the truth and then obeying!!!….John 8:36….”So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed!!” This is a song by Lecrae called Rebel:

Rebel – I’m in rebellion (to all my rebels out there / rebellin against the culture / being transformed / not conforming to the ways of this world or the age / welcome to the revolution!)

Verse 1:

Jesus was a rebel, a renegade, outlaw/ A sanctified troublemaker but He never sinned, naw/and He lived His life by a different set of Rules/ the culture ain’t approve/so you know they had they had to bruise em/ that’s the way they do/ man, they swear they so gangsta but everyones the same/ everybody do the same stuff/ tattoo, piercing/ smokin’ up and drinking/ money and sex plus them extravagant weekends/ if that’s the high life/ I’ll puff puff pass that/ you leave evaporated like you missing a gas cap/ I guess I’m passed that/ cause I am in rebellion/ I’d rather have a dollar in my pocket than a mill-ion/ I’m scared to worship money, and my wants over Elyon/ I’ll remain a rebel while the rest of them just carry on/this is what I live fo/ this the hill I’m buried on/ if Jesus is the truth/ that means one of us is VERY wrong/ think about it

Mark Driscoll in the back ground (I know in our state rebel means sinner / everyone is sinning, so its no longer rebellious to sin / Jesus was a rebel / who was counter culture)

Verse 2:
No glory in me/ all glory to the King on the throne (Jesus)/ you either love Him or leave Him alone but you cant do both/ yeah, you probably heard that once in song/ I pray you hear 10 mo fo ya gone/ yeah listen up, holmes/ The stage is my corner and my crowd is the streets/ That’s why I rap the bread of life cause they dyin’ to eat/ I’m a rebel you know the kind that die in the street/Cause you refuse to conform, won’t eat the kings meat/ look, if Christ rebelled by shunning the cultured/ He eatin’ with sinners/ givin Pharisees ulcers/ He never got married, was broke and plus homeless/yeah that’s the God I roll wit/ ya boy gotta wife and no I neva cheated/ I’m prayin for humility whenever I get heated/ forget about the drugs/ rebel against pornography/ this ain’t how it oughta be, homie/ this is how it’s gotta be/ A rebel

Mark Driscoll ~ (you’re just a conformist / if your drunk and naked / driving around on a loud motorcycle /  smoking cigarettes and breaking commandments / getting pregnant out of wedlock /  everyone has done that / that’s so tired / if you really want to be a rebel / read your Bible / because no one is doing that / that’s rebellion! / That’s the only rebellion left!

Enough Said!