Common Sense 101 :: By Holly Spate

Those behind the scenes and those doing their bidding in the open have done a bang-up job of deceiving. They have caused confusion, unleashed strife, twisted truths, propelled false narratives, and been masters at labeling. They have silenced opposition, directed divisiveness and turned people once united against each other. They have made a fine art of virtue signaling, political correctness, and “progressivism.”

These three tactics are just some of the weapons in their arsenal which they claim will help move us forward in society. It all sounds so good, doesn’t it? Being progressive, taking the guilt for someone else’s sin, acting humble for humble’s sake, etc. It frames a cozy, albeit false picture, like we’re all moving ahead in unison, hand in hand…one big happy family.

Like all things this group pushes, however, is an agenda…an agenda that’s irrespective of a person’s wellbeing and opportunity for a better life, but rather one laced with false hope for anyone wishing to keep their freedoms as well as any semblance of morality, protection, sanity, and peace.

These individuals have used every tactic in their dark little book to stir up controversy and cause division. They have told us we must make amends for the sins of others. We must bow down to those we’ve never met and have done nothing to because of something someone else did. We must apologize for our skin color, even though none of us chose our skin color at birth. This thinking lacks common sense.

As people, we’re to treat everyone equally and with respect and kindness. As Christians, we are to be Jesus’ hands and feet. However, too many in society have forgotten about the concept of personal responsibility and accountability. There are too many who feel they need to apologize and make personal amends for the actions of others. We can learn from the past and make sure it’s not repeated, but to feel guilty and personally apologize for the sins and actions of others when one is innocent of those actions is wrong. Anyone apologizing for something they never did or anyone asking for an apology from someone who did them no wrong just adds to the division and helps the left propel their narratives. Again, common sense and taking personal responsibility for one’s own actions, not the actions of others, is not part of their narrative.

Instead, they want us to embrace and believe in labeling, name calling, stereotyping, collective guilt, false personal guilt. They want us dumbed down… replacing rational thought and intellect with a “sheeple” mindset that’s emotionally charged. They don’t want civility, maturity, compromise, and calm. They want childish behavior, bubble-gum conversations and tantrum-throwing tirades. They can’t have anyone be mature, level-headed and think for themselves. They want us broken. They want us not to be self-sufficient, but dependent and beggars. And they want to defund one of our only sources of protection, the police, while making null and void the 2nd Amendment.

Many have given into their demands and have said a resounding “good riddance” to self-control, the police, treating people respectfully, having calm conversations, diving into facts. Instead, they have allowed themselves to be controlled by those who tell them it’s okay to lose control…it’s okay to intentionally hurt others…it’s okay to apologize for something you never did…it’s okay to believe in your own version of the truth…it’s okay to destroy businesses, set things on fire, beat people up, etc.

These people have allowed themselves to be turned over to a depraved mind as Romans 1:28-32 addresses:

Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.”

It’s insanity. It’s truly a sign of the times-

“But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people” (2 Timothy 3:1-5).

“There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers” (Proverbs 6:16-19).

Unfortunately, society has, over time, been dumbed down with luxuries of comfort and ease. We simply cannot let our guard down and afford to become too comfortable or too complacent…ever. We can’t take our eyes off the hen house or be lulled into believing good people are always at the helm, commanding the ship. We are not to be sheeple led to slaughter, but rather we’re called to be wise.

Something we all need to realize, if we haven’t already, is the following truth:

The people pulling the strings, funding the fury and cheering for chaos are the same people who could care less about “We the People.” They view “We the People” as the enemy simply because we’re good, we want order, we want a peaceful existence where we can live free, and have control over our own lives. And that simply doesn’t fit into their plans. These are the people the Bible describes in Isaiah 5:20: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.”

Again, those pulling the strings want power. They want control. They seek to diminish good and uplift evil. They have an agenda and are hellbent on seeing it come to fruition.

This is why we need to exercise common sense and be wise in understanding that they use tactics to turn “We the People” against each other. In order to stand against this, we can no longer let things be distractions. Left vs. Right, Democrat vs. Republican, Poor vs. Rich, etc., are distractions that divide. We’re stronger together, and they know that. Which is why they work overtime pushing their narratives and the propaganda machine so citizens will turn on one another and collapse under the weight of controversy, rendering themselves powerless and ineffective.

It’s time “We the People” wake up!

Now is the time to put differences aside and find common ground together. We have to stand united as “We the People” or we all fall. And, as Christians, we need to lean heavily upon our Heavenly Father and put the power of prayer in action as we individually and collectively pray for our country, its leaders, and every citizen. And, as difficult as it may be, we’re called to pray for our enemies…those who are against us, hoping that they will seek truth and change their ways, as this is God’s command:

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous” (Matthew 5:43-45).

And while we pray, we must remember:

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12).

Let’s open our eyes. Let’s educate ourselves in truth. Let’s stop catering to those who wish to tear us apart. Let’s be smarter.

This is a battle for YOUR freedom. This is a battle for YOUR voice.

This is a battle for YOUR life. This is a battle for Future Generations.

Let’s get back to common sense. Let’s get back to using our brains and searching for truth. Let’s get back to personal accountability and responsibility. We’re adults, and many of us are adults raising others who will one day become adults.

No one is immune from responsibility. We’re all called to be wise, mature, responsible and to use the good sense God gave us to be rational in our thinking and our actions.

Let’s rise up and pray. Let’s ask God for divine intervention against the powers in high places. Let’s pray for changed hearts. Let’s unite together as We the People.

hspate@verizon.net

United We Stand, Divided We Fall :: by Holly Spate

Look around you.

The stark reality is that there are those who wish to divide us and those that wish to unite us. America, throughout its history, has been no stranger to those who wish to sabotage her strength, demean her directives, and strip away her freedom. America is no stranger to those who oppose her. She has always had enemies both outside and inside her borders. Those who have been blessed to be a part of the American dream, bought through the blood, sweat, and toil of others, are not all on board with her ideals, nor do they appreciate their citizenship and all it affords them. Their version of the American dream is a nightmare for all who truly value their freedoms…all true patriots who are beyond grateful for the country in which they live.

There are many who do not seek peace and understanding among fellow Americans. Some are so intolerant that there’s now no longer room for discussion. They are no longer willing to rationally and calmly listen to opposing views. They have unwisely chosen instead to harden their hearts and close their minds to anything they don’t wish to hear. Silencing opposing views is what they do best; and if that isn’t enough, some have turned violent, which is what we’ve seen recently.

Sadly, some don’t want to unite. Some have no desire to learn our true history or take a moment to think of all who sacrificed so they could be free. Some just want the perks of freedom while trying to take away the freedoms of those who disagree with them. Their version of freedom is not framed in reality, and the utopia many in their camp envision is unrealistic and incompatible with the American way of life.

Some call for socialism. Some claim they want totalitarianism. And most have no idea what they’re asking for. They have been brainwashed into believing untruths and have been too lazy to dive into facts. They are naive to think something that’s failed in every country will somehow be successful in ours. Both take away personal responsibility, the opportunity to create a better existence personally and collectively. They stand in the way of positive progress and, by their very nature, are stifling and oppressive.

Many experienced a tiny taste of totalitarianism at work in the USA when Covid 19 hit. Unfortunately, several mayors and governors allowed the authority given to go to their heads. Many citizens were beside themselves and horrified to see how quickly their leaders became tiny tyrants with their list of unrealistic, suppressive demands.

Many experienced hypocrisy on steroids when certain mayors and governors broke their own rules and were indignant when caught. Their attitudes were a very matter-of-fact response…a clear message of “Do as I say, not as I do.”

What’s the saying? “Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

In other words, as a person’s power increases, their moral sense diminishes. For some, but not all, of course. There were many mayors and governors who should be commended, as they did not abuse their powers, but instead did their best to find a balance while keeping their communities and states as safe as possible. Those are the mature leaders…those are the true leaders.

While some seek to make America better, some are actively working non-stop to drastically and dramatically change America into a place none of us recognize. Some will always complain about capitalism. Some will always be ungrateful. And, some will always prove hypocritical in their stances. (Hollywood, I’m looking at you.)

Some words of advice:

If you don’t believe in America, you’re free to leave.

If you want to be a part of the problem, not the solution, you’re free to leave.

If you don’t care enough to understand the brilliance of our Constitution and Bill of Rights which outline your precious freedoms, you’re free to leave.

If you are unable to show respect for all that our country provides you and your family, and be thankful that you live in the best country on earth, you’re free to leave.

If you are ashamed of our flag, our pledge, our anthem, our patriotic pride dressed in red, white, and blue…you’re free to leave.

If you want to blame others for your problems and don’t bother to understand and practice the concept of personal accountability which is rooted in common sense, you’re free to leave.

If you purposely are looking to incite division, change our history, dismantle and destroy our nation, you’re free to leave.

If you wish to radically change America for the worse, you’re free to leave.

If you’re not for America, you’re against America, and you’re free to leave.

Hollywood…you’re free to leave.

Propagandist Media…you’re free to leave.

Late-Night Talk Show Hosts…you’re free to leave.

Socialists, Marxists…you’re free to leave.

Elitists crying for a One-World Order…you’re free to leave.

Government Representatives who don’t believe in preserving America…you’re free to leave.

No one is keeping you here. You may leave any time you wish. After all, this is a free country…for now anyway.

Like Benjamin Franklin once said in reply to the question, “Well, Doctor, what have we got – a Republic or a Monarchy?” Without hesitation, he replied, “A Republic, if you can keep it.” Yes…if you can keep it.

There are those actively seeking to destroy America. Anyone paying attention understands this reality. Unfortunately, some aren’t paying attention. Some simply don’t care. Some look the other way, bury their heads in the sand, and hope everything will be okay. Some believe America will never lose her freedoms. They truly believe America will always be free, so they do nothing and turn a blind eye to those seeking to destroy her.

As our former president Ronald Reagan once so astutely conveyed, “Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people. Those who have known freedom, and then lost it, have never known it again.”

America is not a perfect place, as people are not perfect. We can all strive to do better. We can all be better. Yes, America is not perfect, but most will agree, of all the places on earth, it’s the greatest place on earth.

United We Stand, Divided We Fall. Americans need to stand and unite together. We all need to pledge to be part of the solution, not part of the problem. We need to be willing to sacrifice like those who went before us. We need to take personal accountability for our own actions and not blame a group of people for the actions of a few.  We need to exercise common sense and compassion. We need to be open-minded and listen. We need to choose kindness, selflessness, graciousness, and never stop being appreciative for the blessings we have because we’re Americans.

America, this is your wake-up call.

More importantly, as Americans we need to individually open our eyes and hearts and recognize that our country needs to turn back to God and recognize we, as a sinful people, desperately need Him. We need His leading, His direction, His guidance, His mercy, His salvation. America will never be well without Him. America will never be great without Him. He is the Great Physician and the only One who can bridge the gaps, bring lasting unity, and heal this divided land.

hspate@verizon.net